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.




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