Schools & Education

Homeschool students go to Sacramento

The field trip included Capitol Park, Sacramento History Museum and the California State Railroad Museum.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include comments from Emre and Brody Thiessen. Last updated Sept. 9 at 1:29 p.m.

 

A group of seven homeschool families participated on a two-day field trip to Sacramento on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Over 10 school-aged students toured several memorials and monuments in and around Capitol Park and attended the Sacramento History and California State Railroad museums.

The first day of the school field trip included visiting the Civil War Memorial, Firefighters Memorial, Peace Officers’ Memorial, Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Purple Heart Memorial, and the Liberty Bell.

Prior to the field trip, students worked on a packet that included activities related to the memorials.

On the second day, students attended the Sacramento History Museum which included exhibits of the 1860s and 1870s floods, the gold rush, old books and newspaper clippings.

At the State Railroad Museum students toured the three story building that included train carts and other displays. They also got to play with toy train sets.

Students in the California State Railroad Museum. Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.
Students in the California State Railroad Museum. Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.

Chase Gilliland, 11, 6th grade:

“I liked Capitol Park with all of the monuments. I noticed that the Purple Heart monument was built like a Egyptian obelisk. It was a great trip with my family and friends.”

Chase and his father looking at the Veterans Memorial. Photo courtesy of Jessica Gililland.
Chase and his father looking at the Veterans Memorial. Photo courtesy of Jessica Gililland.

Melia Magaña (daughter of BenitoLink reporter Noe Magaña), 9, 4th grade:

“My Sacramento trip was amazing! After we found a parking spot, we went to the state capitol park, where there was a lot of space to play around. After that, I saw all my friends! They were in the field trip, too. We looked at big statues and monuments. I liked the first museum more than the railroad one because the railroad museum was all about trains and that wasn’t interesting to me. The History Museum had more interesting things like how people dressed and traveled in the past. It showed a piece of real gold.”

Melia and Noah Magaña infront of the Capitol Building. Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.
Melia and Noah Magaña infront of the Capitol Building. Photo courtesy of Shelby Schipsi.

Amre Thiessen, 9, 3rd grade:
“ My favorite part of the train museum was learning about the mail train. I thought it was cool how they would catch the incoming mail with a hook on the side of the train and chuck out the mail that was being delivered. The workers on the train had to remember like 700 addresses!”

Brody Thiessen, 12, 8th grade:
“My favorite part of the trip was the hotel. It was fun to stay overnight with friends. We had fun swimming, eating out, walking around the museums, and the best part was playing in the glass elevators. I did like seeing the memorials and the statues at the Capitol Park. My favorite was the Veterans Memorial. It felt special to see the Air Force flag representing my cousin Raighan who is an airman.”

Brody (left) and Emre at one of the memorials of the Capitol Park. Photo courtesy of Shannon Thiessen.
Brody (left) and Emre at one of the memorials of the Capitol Park. Photo courtesy of Shannon Thiessen.

 

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Noe Magaña

Noe Magaña is a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School alumnus with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily.