Monticello Stories

Jacqueline Langholtz

Manager of School & Group Programs

How did the Campaign make a difference in your work?

Monticello welcomes thousands of students and teachers each year by offering free field trips to schools that would be unable to visit without funding support. Close to 5,000 students benefited from these outreach programs in 2014 alone, but the need for field trip scholarships is constant. Campaign support has helped ensure that outreach programs will continue to be delivered to the schools that already rely on them.

I’ve been in the position where it’s November or December and we’re waiting on funding to be announced for possible field trips in January; that’s immensely challenging from a planning standpoint. Having funding assured for future years means I am able to work with teachers farther in advance of their programs to help them with pre-visit classroom lessons and field trip planning. We can build school and community partnerships that aren’t contingent upon annual funding and aren’t in danger of being cut year to year.

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