The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 16, 2012

Aquadale fourth graders take coastal trip


Friday, November 16, 2012 — The Aquadale fourth grade classes went on their annual coastal trip Oct. 8-10.  

The group left at 6:30 a.m. and arrived in New Bern just prior to lunchtime. After lunch, a tour was at Tryon Palace followed by a fossil dig at Aurora. The group then boarded a ferry across the sound and on to Morehead City.  

After dinner at The Sanitary Fish Market, students and chaperones headed to Beaufort Freewill Baptist Church to spend the night.  

Tuesday morning found the group at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a film on Blackbeard and a scavenger hunt throughout the facility. Lunch was held at Atlantic Beach followed by seashell hunting, kite flying, and down time with chaperones and parents. Late afternoon found the group at Ft. Macon for a history lesson of the fort and a musket firing demonstration.   

The group then headed south on N.C. 58 to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium for the evening. While at the aquarium, the group toured the entire facility (plus a behind the scenes tour) and slept in front of the huge tank that included sharks, eels, a sea turtle and various other fish.   

One of the students’ favorite events at the aquarium was the touch tanks that included horseshoe crabs and skates.  

Wednesday morning allowed one hour for parents to visit the aquarium and have the students explain the events from the prior evening.   

The group headed south to Wilmington for lunch and a self guided tour of the Battleship North Carolina.  The final leg of the trip was completed back to Aquadale by late afternoon.

Parent involvement is always a strong point of the trip as approximately 50 additional people attended the trip. Parents helped with preparing lunches, repairing kites, moving groups between areas and just being supportive of their children and the school.

The trip is made possible by community support of a barbecue in late September. The barbecue was organized by Diane Knotts, with the Aquadale Fire Department cooking the pork and chicken. The school staff, parents and many community businesses made donations for this event.

Upon returning to school, the students reflected on the three-day trip by writing a narrative featuring their favorite events. Lifetime memories of coastal North Carolina were made for the students with this field trip.