Dix Street students hang with the White Caps mascot at their day at the game.
Giving students new experiences is what Kids Day Out at Dix Street is all about.

This year, the Dix Street PTO funded two trips to a White Caps baseball for two groups of students who probably hadn’t been before. That’s the goal of the Kids Day Out program that 1st grade teacher Gina Watson started two years ago. The PTO gained the funds through the school’s annual Penguin Patch gift shop, where kids shop for small gifts for their families at Christmas time.

Last year, Kids Day Out was funded through an Otsego Public Schools Foundation grant and went to Boulder Ridge Animal Park, Frederik Meijer Gardens, and Lake Michigan in South haven. “Some had never even seen the lake!” says Watson.

The White Caps provided free tickets through their reading month initiative. In addition to being a new experience, all the trips have some kind of literacy initiative, “We have provided books about the event for kids to read prior to attending, asked kids to write about the event, or meet a goal for reading month to attend.”

She hopes to continue the program next year and is looking for sponsors or donors. If you’d like to help, donations can be sent to Dix Street Elementary.