A $35,000 grant to the Eisenhower Foundation will continue the Ike Education (IkeED) program. The program assists with the cost of field trips for Northwest Kansas students to visit the Eisenhower Center in Abilene.
The IkeED program was established in 2013 with a grant from the Hansen Foundation. To date, more than 2,700 students and teachers have participated in the program. Another 700 are scheduled for 2016. Of the visiting schools, 93% have been from rural communities and/or low-income areas.
During the field trips, students tour the Eisenhower grounds, including the former president’s boyhood home, the museum, and the presidential library. Each field trip is customized for the age of student attending and includes activities and that relate the life and times of Eisenhower to modern-day situations. Programs emphasize leadership, dedication, courage, conviction and fortitude.
The grant will provide reimbursement to schools in the Hansen Foundation’s 26-county service area for field trip expenses. Because schools receiving the field trip grants vary widely in terms of numbers of students and distances traveled to get to Abilene, the Eisenhower Foundation works with each school to ensure its specific needs are met. Reimbursements are typically used for transportation costs, program materials and meals.