highgrantwideStar City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been awarded a 2014 Target Field Trip Grant, designed to help bring ‘learning to life’ to students.

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 the Arkansas Arts Center.

The educational objective of this field trip will be to provide students with the opportunity to view original works of art from some of the most influential artists in history and help students to understand interdisciplinary connections between art and history.

“I am honored to have been awarded the Target Field Trip Grant,” said High. “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 make this learning experience possible.”

During the field trip to the Arkansas Arts Center students will view artwork created by artists including Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, Diego Rivera, Rembrandt van Rijn, and many more. Prior to the field trip, the students will have studied many of the artists represented in the museum as well as major art movements in class. Students have also created original artwork inspired by the artists and art movements studied using a variety of media and processes.

“This grant will provide my students the opportunity to view works of art created from some of the most prominent artists in history,” said High. “Many of the students have never had the chance to visit an art museum. I believe that in order to provide a quality art education students should have an opportunity to tour an art gallery in person.”

This is the fourth time that High has been awarded a Target Field Trip Grant. Last year, he was awarded the grant which enabled students to tour Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. 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 approximately $18,000 in grant money for educational programs and has implemented more than 34 educational field trips to provide educational opportunities for his students.

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 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 $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage, according to a news release.