May 5, 2020, marks #GivingTuesdayNow, a one-time global day of giving, associated with the Giving Tuesday movement typically held the week following Thanksgiving (next scheduled for December 1, 2020) . It is an emergency response to the unprecedented need created by the COVID-19 crisis, intended to offer support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
Since the crisis hit, the American Battlefield Trust team has been working ceaselessly with educators, parents and caretakers to fill in the gaps created by a disrupted school year. We are reaching more students than ever in their homes – our educational resources have seen a tenfold increase in traffic on our website. Educators of all types are hungry for ways to keep students engaged. We’re hoping to supplement their out-of-the-classroom education in one of the ways we know best: Field Trips.
We now have the opportunity to create 10 virtual field trips for students to escape into the past and imagine what life would have been like in our early American conflicts.
The type of experience we’ve scoped out combines great history with the latest technology and high production values to deliver a compelling experience that any student can access online. The total costs to create 10 virtual field trips is $30,000. To jumpstart the effort, a fellow Trust supporter with a passion for American History education has offered to make a $1-to-$1 matching gift for the first $15,000 we raise.
More about the Virtual Field Trips
These virtual field trips are interactive events that offer an engaging mix of video, quizzes, question-and-answer sessions and supporting curricula developed with youth in mind. These field trips will encapsulate the experience that students have when they visit a battlefield or historic site in person (like through our Field Trip Fund, which will resume as soon as practical). Through these virtual field trips, our team will share artifacts up close and allow students to “meet” special guests, historians and experts in the field. Through dialogue and instruction, we will provide memorable stories and fun facts that will pique their curiosity.
What’s more, every virtual field trip will be available for classrooms to deploy after the live event has aired. So, after students have return to a normal schedule in school, these field trips will be available for everyone, which will allow us to reach more classrooms and students than ever with top-notch U.S. history programming.
Students and their teachers can access these at any time, from anywhere. So, whether students live in California, Montana or Florida, they will have the opportunity to “visit” the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C., hear stories from Little Roundtop at Gettysburg, or see where Washington’s army spent itswinter in the encampments at Valley Forge.
By supporting these virtual field trips, you’ll help deliver an immersive, interactive experience for students, whether they are at home, in the classroom. Now more than ever, our students need your help.
Please consider making your most generous gift now to help raise the $15,000 we need to unlock our full $1-to-$1 matching funds and deliver top-notch U.S. history programming to students and classrooms across America.