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Windsor Charter Academy fifth graders visit Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum with help from Sinclair Oil grant

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Windsor Charter Academy fifth graders gather outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum to thank Sinclair Oil for the grant that defrayed the transportation, lodging, and museum costs of the trip.

Windsor Charter Academy fifth graders recently had the opportunity to travel eight hours north to Cody, Wyoming, for a field trip in part due to a grant through Sinclair Oil.

Michelle Ammirati, WCA fifth grade teacher, applied for and received the grant to defray the transportation, lodging, and museum costs. The grant is part of the Museum Interpretation, Learning and Enrichment for Students, or MILES, program. As part of the program, the fifth grade group visited the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum.

The grant funded $2,416 in transportation and lodging and allowed students to visit the center at no cost with a guided tour.

The school's fifth-grade level curriculum highlights westward expansion and the Wild West, so the field trip was a perfect opportunity for the students to further enrich their knowledge about American history, a news release from WCA stated. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum features five museums and a research library, which tells the authentic story of the American West—past and present, history and myth, art and culture.

"What an amazing experience and lasting memories that were created. Cody, Wyoming welcomed us and the museum was outstanding educationally," Ammirati said in the news release.

While in Cody, the 18 chaperones and 54 fifth graders also went to the city's recreation center. The group spent one night in Wyoming before heading back home to Colorado.

The Museum Interpretation, Learning and Enrichment for Students program

To apply for the MILES grant program, contact Megan Smith at (307) 578-4028.

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