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A brunette woman and two children smile amidst a field of sunflowers.

Edmonton educator launches guide to field trips

By Ashley Lavallee-Koenig

A teacher and homeschooling mom has launched AllFieldTrips, an online resource that provides a place to both search for and review field trip options for their educational value.

Elise Barber created the site to address a gap she noticed in educator resources during her years teaching in the public school system, as a facilitator for homeschooled students, and as a homeschooling teacher for her two sons.

"We need a way for educators to be able to communicate more specifically about these sorts of things and be able to give feedback to these businesses in a constructive way, where we're working together to create better field trips," Barber told Taproot.

The idea began forming a decade ago when Barber organized a science-focused field trip that failed to fulfill the learning outcomes advertised. She found herself with no way to share the experience with other educators.

"It was a fun field trip, but it had nothing to do with trees and forests. It was entirely about the other things that were offered at this particular place … and I thought, how silly that nothing exists that I can review," Barber said.

The website is free to all parents and educators. Field trip providers will be listed on the site with basic information for free, but they can subscribe to upgrade their listings. The fee is $75 per year now and will go up to $100 per year on Jan. 1.

"They're able to claim their page and add their own photos, respond to reviews, add their own descriptions, update things, add individual field trips that they offer, and they can add a lot more to really flesh out their page," Barber said.

Teacher responses have been positive, she said, adding that the site has four subscribed businesses so far, with more considering it.

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Headlines: Oct. 25, 2023

By Mariam Ibrahim

A newspaper clipping of a photo montage of three scenes from a football game under the headline "Jackie Parker Leads Eskimos To Thrilling Win"

A moment in history: Oct. 25, 1954

By Karen Unland

On this day in 1954, Edmonton's professional football team had notched another win on its way to its first Grey Cup victory.

The predecessors of the team dated all the way back to 1892, when a challenge from Calgary got Edmonton's back up and a team was formed. By 1895, a mix of players from Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan won the first Alberta Rugby Football Championship.

In 1908, the team became known as the Esquimaux, which was revised to Eskimos in 1910. They made it to the Grey Cup in 1921 and 1922 but lost both times and faded in and out of existence until the club was resurrected for good in 1949.

The 1954 season got off to a rough start with two consecutive losses, but the team never lost two in a row again, winding up with an 11-5 record and first place in the West.

"Jackie Parker, the dynamic Eskimo halfback, wasn't the whole show Saturday at Clarke Stadium, but he was close," reads the caption from a photo montage from a 24-19 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Parker excelled on both sides of the ball, and he played on a team of other future Hall-of-Famers, including Rollie Miles, Normie Kwong, and Johnny Bright.

Edmonton went on the face the Montreal Alouettes in the 1954 Grey Cup. The Esks were considered the underdogs, but as the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Parker recovered a fumble and ran the ball all the way down the field for a touchdown. Edmonton won 26-25.

It was the start of Edmonton's first football dynasty, as the team would win again in 1955 and 1956. That streak would be exceeded in 1978, the start of a five-year run as Grey Cup champions. They won the CFL's top prize a few more times in the ensuing decades, but their last Grey Cup was in 2015, their last winning season was in 2017, and this season has ended with a 4-14 record.

The team was renamed the Elks in 2021 due to the untenable nature of the previous name; the new moniker is a throwback to one they sported in 1922.

This is based on a clipping found on Vintage Edmonton, a daily look at Edmonton's history from armchair archivist @revRecluse — follow @VintageEdmonton for daily ephemera.