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Guggenheim Students’ Night At The Museum

Who wouldn’t want to spend the night at The American Museum of Natural History in N.Y.C – sleeping under the BIG blue whale? This spring, approximately 50 students from Guggenheim elementary school were able to do just that. Thanks to some industrious and creative teachers,  Erica Goldsmith, Natalie Miller, Mariann Dragunas and Virginia McMahon, and funding provided by the Port Washington Education Foundation, the dream trip became a reality! Students from 4th and 5th grade classes and E.S.L. students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grades were able to have the experience of a lifetime!

The teacher’s goal was to highlight their studies of the world, especially the sciences.  What better than to see, hear and experience the many museum exhibits firsthand.  The trip was a win-win for all involved…perhaps there were some future scientists in the group!

Students and parents who attended this event, had the following to say of their trip: Karen Devlin (Parent of Hannah Devlin - 5th Grade) “This trip was not only a rich educational experience but great family fun.  We loved every minute of it!” Sara Braunschweiger (5th grader) - “Sleeping under a blue whale with my dad is an experience I will never forget.” Yarlin Arias (5th grader) - “The trip was very fun!  We enjoyed looking at the butterflies.” Lisa Grossman (Parent of Maya Grossman - 4th grader) - “A once in a lifetime experience!” Max Goldman (5th grader) - “Mom, I feel like I own the whole museum.  This is awesome.”  Eduardo Martinez (Parent of 5th grader Fernanda Martinez) - “It was the most fun and interesting experience that I ever had with my daughter.”

The Port Washington Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization. The Foundation supports initiatives that enhance and expand educational opportunities over and above basic educational needs for all students in the Port Washington public schools. For more information: