As a culminating annual activity, the fifth graders at Bennett Elementary earn a class trip to Mackinaw Island. Starting in September the students begin fundraising to pay for the trip, which includes the transportation, hotel, meals, activities and tours. This experience creates memories that last a life time. It is a 3-day, 2-night adventure which begins with a 5-hour bus ride to Mackinaw on the Detroit Public Schools Black Motor Coach, which is provided by the Office of Transportation.
Upon arrival and getting settled, the children have a campfire with s’mores on the beach of Lake Huron directly outside of the hotel. On day two, the students take a ferry to Mackinaw Island where they are taken on a horse drawn carriage tour of the island, visit to Fort Mackinaw, and engage in sightseeing. On the final day, they explore Old Mackinac Point Light House. The children learn the history and geography of Michigan, with classroom instruction focused on that aspect of the Social Studies curriculum prior to the trip.
Ximena Camacho, a fifth grader, said, “Mackinaw is the coolest place ever. I don’t want to leave!” Stephanie Serratos, a fifth grader, said, “I just want to live here forever!” “Going to Mackinaw is a great way, to end a great year, at a great school”, said Bennett Elementary school principal.