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Mom plans school field trip on her own

CHAMPAIGN -- A popular field trip for students of Robeson Elementary School isn't happening this year, but one parent is taking matters into her own hands.
CHAMPAIGN -- A popular field trip for students of Robeson Elementary School isn't happening this year, but one parent is taking matters into her own hands. Parents say a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, in Chicago, is something their kids look forward to each year; except this one. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine finds out why the kids don't have that chance this year.

The principal says it's a year-by-year decision and this year, teachers chose a different location. But why they picked it doesn't sit well with one mom. Now, she's ready and willing to take the class herself.

"The museum has so much to offer. I just think it's a great learning experience for the kids to be able to go and see all the new innovations available and the science experiments."

Lisa Frerichs is taking about the Museum of Science and Industry. It's a big hit with 5th graders at Robeson for their end-of-the-year trip.

"It's almost a rite of passage."

But, students won't get that chance this year.

"The school decided that trip was going to be the ARC at the University of Illinois. Even though the University of Illinois is right here in our backyard, a lot of our students don't have the exposure to have a chance to visit a major university, so it's a great opportunity to what the University of Illinois is."

"From what I was told by two teachers, it's a discipline issue for about 6 - 10 kids, and they wouldn't be safe traveling that far to Chicago."

Frerichs says it's not fair to students who may not have the means to take a trip to the Windy City, so she started planning.

"After much thinking, I've organized my own field trip."

Frerichs has an invitation written as well as a permission slip.

"We're going on a Friday and I have notified the school."

Transportation is set up and she's willing to pay for kids who can't afford it.

"It is the parent's responsibility to call their child out from school because they will be at the museum that day."

"If they think it's something that's more important to have their kids do that day, that's the parent's decision and I'm not going to get in the way of that."

Both Frerichs and Gains say not a lot of parents know about the change. The school's trip to the ARC is May 23. Frerichs' trip heads to Chicago, May 9.
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