As a teacher, it has always been Patricia Baughman's dream to take her class to the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
With teamwork and fundraising, Baughman was able to see that dream come to fruition Tuesday as she and two other teachers took 33 students from Lincoln Intermediate Unit classes to the farm show for the day.
Baughman took 14 students from her life skills class at Dallastown High School.
She was accompanied by Sharon Kahlbaugh and 10 students from her life skills class at Dallastown Middle School, and Morgan Unwin and 9 students from her life skills class at Wallace Elementary School.
The three teachers each did fundraisers to afford the bus they traveled in to the farm show for the school day.
Baughman's class sold homemade apple dumplings and edible turkey-shaped treats made of crackers at Thanksgiving.
Kahlbaugh's students not only did fundraisers for the farm show field trip, but they are raising money to donate to the Hurricane Sandy charity fund. They are collecting the fruit that students in the cafeteria would otherwise throw away and dehydrating it to make into potpourri.
"This is the first time I've been able to bring a group of students," said Baughman, who has been teaching life skills at Dallastown High School for two years.
The dream began back when she worked as a substitute teacher and had one student whom she was home-schooling.
That student struggled with reading and most aspects of learning, but began thriving when she took him on a day trip to the farm show.
"Ever since then, I said that when I get a class I will take them all to the farm show," Baughman said.
The older students were completing a historical markers scavenger hunt throughout the farm show complex, organized by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The 24 replica history markers are set up to teach farm show visitors about the state's agricultural heritage.
The younger students from York were busy with the Farm Show Detectives hunt, sponsored by Turkey Hill. Entrants who visit every learning station are eligible for prizes from Turkey Hill.
The farm show is an excellent way for Baughman to expose her students to career possibilities in anything from dairy farming to orchards to mechanical jobs and more, she said.
"We are trying to expose them to what is available in PA," Baughman said.
All of the students stuck together and looked out for one another at the farm show, said Baughman.
They thrive in a hands-on atmosphere, and the farm show provides ample learning opportunities and interactive displays, she said. Sitting all day long is not a realistic or positive learning experience for her students, said Baughman.
They brought packed lunches, but each student was given money for a milkshake or whatever treat they wanted in the food court.
Liz Billet, 20, who will graduate this year, said the scavenger hunts were easy, and her favorite part was seeing all of the animals, especially the chickens.
"I had fun," said Billet. "I still have energy."
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