It’s that time of year again when the Harvey Middle School students go on their class trips with fun while learning as the theme. While the eighth-grade was doing the traditional overnight trip to Philadelphia, the seventh-grade class and the sixth-graders each took a day off from their schoolwork to leave campus on a class trip.
This year’s seventh-graders enjoyed their visit Friday, April 28, to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, the destination for the annual spring class trip.
The students saw the IMAX movie "Born to be Wild," a documentary about orphaned elephants and orangutans who are rehabilitated and then released into the wild. The students also saw harbor seals being fed, touched jelly fish at the encounter exhibit and explored exhibits like the touch tank where they reached out and pet different marine life.
After enjoying lunch outside on the waterfront, the seventh-graders went to a program on water pollution and saw its impact on Norwalk and the surrounding region.
Middle School Dean of Students Stephanie Metz said the trip was designed to mix fun with learning. Dean Metz said, “I think the students can honestly say they learned a lot but also had fun at the same time.” She added, “It was a beautiful day for taking in the sites and walking around of Norwalk on the waterfront.”
The school sees the class trip each spring as a way to foster class spirit and help seventh-graders bond as the group that will be moving up next fall to be the role models for the two younger grades.
Meanwhile, the youngest members of the Middle School enjoyed their day together away from their classroom and the campus. The sixth-graders spent the day Friday, April 28, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
They saw an IMAX movie on humpback whales and visited the Hall of North America Mammals, the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and the Hayden Planetarium.
With the school year winding down, it won’t be long before the sixth-graders move up a rung and are no longer the youngest class at Harvey.