Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been awarded a 2018 Target field trip grant, designed to help bring learning to life for students.
The $700 grant will fund expenses for an upcoming educational field trip for Star City High School art students to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, as well as sites in Branson, Missouri.
The educational objective of this field trip will provide students with the opportunity to view works of art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The cross curricular field trip will also allow students experience performing arts and engage in other educational activities in Branson.
“I am honored to have once again been awarded the Target Field Trip Grant,” said High, who was named Secondary Art Teacher of the year at the Arkansas Art Educators fall conference. “The grant will provide a very valuable educational opportunity for my students that would not be possible in a traditional classroom environment. I greatly appreciate the Target Corporation for providing the grant to help support art education at Star City High School and make this learning experience possible.”
During the visit to Branson students will take a cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle where they will enjoy a variety show including singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, and magicians. Students will also visit Silver Dollar City to see attractions including demonstrating craftsman such as woodworkers, glass blowers, potters, and other skilled artisans.
“This grant will provide my students the opportunity to learn in ways that would not be possible in a traditional classroom setting,” said High. “I believe that in order to provide a quality art education students should have an opportunity to view works of art in person and learn from the artists who created the works.”
This is the eighth time that High has been awarded a Target field trip grant. He has been awarded the grant six times since becoming the Star City High School art teacher, each time funding an art-related field trip. He also received the grant twice when he served as the art teacher for Dermott Elementary School, each time funding a visit to an art museum.
High was selected from more than 25,000 applicants from around the country to be among the 5,000 teachers to receive a Target Field Trip Grant to help continue the learning experiences students gain from field trips.
High entered the teaching profession in 2005. Since then he has been awarded over $20,000 in grant money for educational programs and has helped implement 47 educational field trips to provide educational opportunities for his students. Field trips included visits to Graceland, art galleries, plays, historic sites, cultural festivals, science museums, planetariums, zoos, parks, bridges, waterparks, amusement parks, movie theaters, riverboats, and nature centers.
High joined the Star City High School faculty as the art teacher in the fall of 2011. Since becoming the art teacher for Star City High School High has increased student performance on the Advanced Placement Studio Art exam and increased student participation and achievement at the Arkansas Young Artists Association competition and other art competitions.
In addition to teaching High serves as local president for the Star City Education Association. He is a member of the Arkansas Education Association Public Relations Committee and is the Arkansas Art Educators News Director. He previously served as Arkansas Art Educators Southeast Regional Director.
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving five percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give over $1 billion for education by the end of 2017 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,856 stores across the United States and Canada, and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.