Storytelling strolls’ new crowd — kids, 13 June 2007, The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Alabama
Madison’s Spirit Strolls have proven steadily popular with caped storyteller S.A. Hale recounting the city’s historical tidbits, and now they’ve attracted home schoolers.
Lauren Hartung of Madison, who home schools her two daughters, Sarah, 12 and Olivia, 13, said she has lined up two weekday tours with Hale for more than 80 people who also home school their children. Initially, she anticipated one tour, but response was so overwhelming, she went with two tours with more than 40 people on each.
Nearly four years ago, she established a field trip club called the FEET Club, an acronym for Field Experiences with Educational Trips, in which she e-mails other home schoolers about trips and they respond if they want to attend one. Some 160 to 170 families – mostly in Madison County and others as far away as Florence and Tennessee – participate in the club. She plans for all different age groups, averaging two field trips a month during the school year and three a month during summer months.
Hartung said in the five years she has home schooled her daughters they have come to really enjoy the field trips. They plan to take another historic tour in Huntsville in July. Her children have toured hospitals, water treatment facilities, a recycling center, a bank where they opened a pretend checking account and paid imaginary bills, and even walked through the back rooms of Wal-Mart.
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