Otsego Co. Online Students Take Field Trip, Build Connections

Monday, field trips to the bowling alley all across the state were a special treat for students who normally learn from home.

Online students with the free and public Michigan Connections Academy typically use the computer to attend classes.

Monday in Gaylord and across the state, students got to come together and for a bowling field trip.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have more details on how the trip benefits online school students. 

"It’s really important for them to make that connection especially with their teachers," Michigan Connections Academy 4th and 5th grade teacher Amy Dunlap said. "They can come and see that were a real face and a real person and not just a voice they hear through the computer or through the phone."

It was not your average school day for some students Monday–in more way than one.

Michigan Connections Academy online students came out for a bowling field trip.

"Pretty good, so far Lucas and Claire got ahead of everyone," 3rd grade student Sophia Maurer said.

Teachers with Michigan Connections, like Amy Dunlap say it’s an opportunity for kids to get out of the house for some fun, especially before big state testing.

"Some of the time that’s their first time out that they’ve gotten to meet somebody else or even see that we’re a real person, so helps them kind of ease those nerves as well before they show up to the testing room," Dunlap said.

"It’s always nice to have your kids make great new friends and to interact with kids their age and meet some other kids their grades that they didn’t even know," a parent Nicole Maurer said. 

Nicole loves the opportunity to do something out in the community.

"It’s nice getting out with other families," Nicole said. some families actually live in town, so it will be nice to be able to get with them more and be able to get to know their family and their kids."

Dunlap says she sees a difference in the students after the field trips. 

"It really just builds their confidence and their willingness and wanting to learn new things," Dunlap said.

Michigan Connections Academy holds field trips across the state several times a month.