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Big Yellow School Bus provides $250 grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to non-profit cultural institutions and activities in the arts, sciences, and humanities across Massachusetts.

Field trips improve students’ knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ability to retain information. For many children in poor or rural communities, field trips may be the only chance they have to experience a science museum, live theatre or music in a concert hall.1

Children playing at the Berkshire Museum

Big Yellow School Bus meets a growing need to help schools fund student field trips to art and science museums, historic sites, and music, dance, and theater performances, which are often eliminated due to the pressures of dwindling budgets.

Creative learning at cultural institutions is critical to a child's academic development. These visits help develop creativity and innovation, which are among the most important skills for students today. The field trip also helps teachers enliven the curriculum and engage students in learning. Big Yellow School Bus is designed to foster partnerships between schools and cultural institutions so students across the state can explore their creativity and experience all that Massachusetts' cultural life has to offer.

Any K-12 school in Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a $250 grant to be used during the 2018-2019 school year.

Now in its ninth year, Big Yellow School Bus has helped hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts students take field trips to nonprofit cultural organizations across the Commonwealth. Students have visited more than 185 destinations, from large Boston-based venues such as the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium, to sites such as Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke, Harwich Junior Theatre, and Lowell's Tsongas Industrial History Center.

Big Yellow School Bus is part of Mass Cultural Council's Creative Youth Initiative.

1 Education Next Magazine, Jay P. Greene, U of Arkansas, et al, WINTER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 1, http://educationnext.org/files/ednext_XIV_1_greene.pdf

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