BJM 5th Grade NYC Fieldtrip!

Learning about immigration!

A fundraising campaign for Beverly J. Martin Elementary School

The 5th grade at Beverly J. Martin Elementary (BJM) is excited to visit New York City on June 7th as part of our social studies' unit on immigration!

     These forty-five students will visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, two symbols of immigration, as well as the World Trade Center, with their teachers and aides. This trip will expand their exploration of why and how people come to the US, what immigrants experience, and current social justice issues. For their final project, each student will interview a local person who immigrated to the U.S.

     The total trip cost estimate is about $5,000 (entrance fees, meals, other fees, and same-day transportation--we are not staying overnight). The students and their families have already raised $2,500 by selling popcorn, chocolate, donuts, and hosting school dances! They continue to raise funds, but need help closing the gap.

     Please help us make this important trip possible for all our scholars!

Thank you,

Ms. Joyce Wigsten

Mr. Robert Graham

Ms. Ann Kolodji, BJM 5th Grade Teachers
& Anneliese Truame, parent (

P.S. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to "BJM PTA" with "5th Grade Field Trip 2019" in the memo line and mail to Larry Cutler, BJM Elementary, 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY, 14850.


Check out some of our 5th grade stars working on STEM challenges!

Amazing trip!

June 20, 2019

The students had a great time learning in NYC! Thanks to all of you for making it possible!!

Ferry to the Statue of Liberty:

Statue of Liberty

Ellis Island Museum

Ellis Island, overlooking the Registry Room:

More Ferry Fun!

On the way to the 9/11 Memorial

Thank you! We made it!

May 2, 2019

I would like to thank all 23 donors for getting us to $1280! The students did an amazing job with their last Krispy Creme fundraiser, so we are able to close out the campaign here!

I can't wait to post some photos from the trip so you can see what great learning (and fun) happened for all 5th grade scholars on June 7th! Stay tuned...

Thanks again for helping us raise the necessary funds in such a short time. Your commitment to our community means so much to us!

Anneliese & the 5th Grade Team

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Beverly J. Martin Elementary School

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School is a vibrant downtown community school dedicated to creating deep thinkers who engage, question, and grow!