Despite a thriving cultural neighborhood in downtown Tulsa, many low-income students spend little time in the core of the city. Students need to believe that Tulsa is a city they can live in, contribute to, and a place that welcomes them. In order to build strong bonds between our promising students and the city of Tulsa, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, in conjunction with many other generous donors, are excited to foster a grant opportunity for Title I schools in the Tulsa area.
Explore Downtown Tulsa exposes students to the cultural and historical treasures of our downtown area, allowing them to dream big in their academic and personal pursuits. Teachers from Title I schools within a 30 mile radius of of downtown Tulsa can can submit ideas for field trips and receive funding for bus transportation. The program is designed to encourage visits to multiple locations during a single field trip.
The Explore Downtown Tulsa program is not possible without the generous support of the Tulsa community. A donation of $200 supports the transportation cost for one classroom. One field trip could spark a lifelong love for learning, a new career goal, a passion for the arts, or a new interest in improving Tulsa.
Thank you to the following organizations for their support of Explore Downtown Tulsa.
Grade: 2nd Grade
Proposal: We will depart from the School at 9:00am arriving to the Woody Guthrie Center around 9:25 AM. At the Woody Guthrie Center students will go on a guided tour, after which they will make cereal box guitars to take home. At 11:15am the students will go across the street to have lunch at the Guthrie Green and complete a math activity www.guthriegreen.com/education. At 12:30pm students will clean up lunch materials and head to Tulsa Glassblowing to see a demonstration of artwork and be able to ask questions. We will head back to school at 1:40 PM.
Grade: 9th Grade
Proposal: Students will leave ECHS at 9:15am to arrive to City Hall by 9:35am for a guided tour, where students will be able to meet with city councilors and officials- if we are lucky the Mayor. At 11:30am students will leave City Hall and go to the Greenwood Cultural Center for lunch and a tour to learn about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots. After a short question and answer session students will walk through John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park where they will complete a written reflection. We will return to school at 1:40 PM.
Each Explore Downtown Tulsa field trip must visit at least one priority destination. Priority destinations make Explore Downtown Tulsa possible through their financial contributions as well as their dedicated programming opportunities. Field Trips can visit as many priority destinations as they like, as long as they include at least one in their itinerary.
Teachers must get permission to eat lunch at a given location. After submitting their initial application and receiving approval from Explore Downtown Tulsa, it is the teacher’s responsibility to confirm that their class can eat lunch at the designated lunch spot. Only the locations that are listed under “Lunch Spot” are willing to accommodate lunches. Please do not surprise any organizations with a lunch time picnic, make sure you have permission!