Yellow School Bus provides $200
grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational
field trips to non-profit cultural institutions and activities
in the arts, sciences, and humanities across Massachusetts.
Field trips improve students’ knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ability to retain information. For many children in poor or rural communities, field trips may be the only chance they have to experience a science museum, live theatre or music in a concert hall.1
Big Yellow School Bus meets a growing need to help schools fund
student field trips to art and science museums, historic sites,
and music, dance, and theater performances, which are often eliminated
due to the pressures of dwindling budgets.
Creative learning at cultural institutions is critical to a
child's academic development. These visits help develop creativity
and innovation, which are among the most important skills for students
today. The field trip also helps teachers enliven the curriculum
and engage students in learning. Big Yellow School Bus is designed
to foster partnerships between schools and cultural institutions
so students across the state can explore their creativity and
experience all that Massachusetts' cultural life has to offer.
K-12 school in Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a $200 grant to be used
during the 2017-2018 school year.
Now in its eighth year, Big Yellow School Bus has helped hundreds
of thousands of Massachusetts students take field trips to nonprofit
cultural organizations across the Commonwealth. Students have
visited more than 185 destinations, from large Boston-based venues
such as the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium, to sites such as Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke, Harwich Junior
Theatre, and Lowell's Tsongas Industrial History Center.
Big Yellow School Bus is part of Mass Cultural Council's Creative
1 Education Next Magazine, Jay P. Greene, U of Arkansas, et al, WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1, http://educationnext.org/files/ednext_XIV_1_greene.pdf