In response to “Wasted field trip” (The Daily Astorian, May 18): When children are able to see hospital workers – and not just physicians or nurses when they are ill – it gives them amazing exposure to so many professions in the medical field. Small-town kids learning more about these jobs and the opportunities that are open to them is worth its weight in gold.

Even if the school district would pay for a field trip such as this one, it would be money well spent. Teachers can interact with their students about this experience for weeks on end.

I’m neither a teacher nor a medical professional, but I know that kids learn more about career opportunities than what they see in their daily lives, and to see what they can do in the future is priceless.

PATTY TAYLOR DUTCHER

Monmouth

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