HighStar City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been awarded a 2017 Target Field Trip Grant, designed to help bring learning to life for students. This is the 7th time he has received a Target Field Trip grant.

High received a $700 Target Field Trip Grant that will fund expenses for an upcoming educational field trip for Star City High School students to visit art studios in Hot Springs and explore the history of the town.

The educational objective of this field trip will provide students with the opportunity to visit Arkansas artists in their studios to view original works of art and learn how these works were created.

“I am honored to have once again been awarded the Target Field Trip Grant,” High said. “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.”

The studio tours are part of the Arts & The Park, an arts festival sponsored by the Hot Springs Cultural Alliance showcasing the thriving talent of local and statewide visual artists, musicians, dancers, poets, jewelers, potters, performers, authors, glass makers, sculptors and more.

“This grant will provide my students the opportunity to learn in ways that would not be possible in a traditional classroom setting,” High said. “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.”

In addition to visiting the art studios students will tour historic Central Avenue to learn about the rich history of the area including the thermal springs and Bathhouse Row. Students will have lunch at a sushi restaurant adding a multicultural experience.

“Many have the students have never eaten sushi,” said High. “The field trip will introduce new experiences to the students and allow them an opportunity to experience cuisine from another culture.”

This is the seventh time that High has been awarded a Target Field Trip Grant. He has been awarded the grant five 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 44 educational field trips to provide educational opportunities for his students. Field trips included visits to art galleries, plays, historic sites, cultural festivals, science museums, planetariums, zoos, parks, bridges, waterparks, amusement parks, movie theatres, 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.

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 5 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. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.