Teachers learn about Texas history at Presidio La Bahia

Oct. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.
Updated Oct. 21, 2010 at 5:21 a.m.

Presidio La Bahia hosted 50 teachers at a workshop Thursday as part of an effort to attract more than 10,000 students to the fort next year.

Newton Warzecha, the director of Presidio La Bahia, said the workshop serves to entice educators to take advantage of the fort's new Student Education and Transportation Grant Program.

That grant program, made possible by the Mary Hobbs Griffith Foundation, offers free admission to fourth and seventh graders and reimburses partial transportation costs to schools that choose to visit the fort in March, April and May.

"It's an exciting part of what we're doing for the 175th anniversary of the Texas Revolution and Texas independence," Warzecha said.

Teachers took part in all of the activities their students could experience, including show-and-tell demonstrations with re-enactors and a tour of the historic fort.

Perhaps most enticing to educators, Warzecha said, is the lesson plan booklet the teachers will receive that guides the history lesson and meets parameters for the TAKS tests.

The lesson plan was written by Beeville social studies teacher David Vickers.

The transportation allowance will also help schools who haven't been able to budget field trips to the Presidio in recent years, he said.

So far, more than 1,500 students are signed up to visit in the spring. Warzecha said he expects the at-capacity workshop to encourage other schools in the coastal Gulf area to participate.

Warzecha said the grant program will cost the Presidio about $50,000 in educational materials and transportation, and he anticipates offering the program again next year.



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