Wister Public Schools teachers George and Paula Midgley applied for and were selected to receive a Fund for Teachers (FFT) Grant last spring. Only 27 FTF grant proposals were awarded in the whole state of Oklahoma and the Midgleys were the only teachers from small, rural schools to receive one. They used the grant to explore the Chisholm Trail and learn about open range cast iron cooking and food preparation during the cattle drives. They completed their expedition over the summer. The $9163 grant funded their trip over the Chisholm Trail, lodging and sigh-seeing plus all their expenses traveling to and staying at the chuck wagon cooking school in Montana.
Mrs. Midgley posted on her blog about their exploration: “George had the idea to plan a road trip that spanned the entire stretch of the Chisholm Trail. He wanted to learn intricate details from museums, placards, and experts, plus get the opportunity to see historic landmarks in person and stand on the very grounds that millions of cattle and hundreds of cowboys (and cowgirls) traversed on the trek from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas. Since my husband is a middle school social studies teacher, this is an era covered in his textbooks so he was particularly interested in learning more about it. As a Family and Consumer Science (used to be called Home Ec) teacher, I was interested in learning about open range cast iron cooking and food preparation methods used during the cattle drive days; therefore, we put our two subject areas together to plan a cross-curricular learning expedition.”
To read Mrs. Midgley’s blog and find out more about their adventures, check out https://thechisholmtrailexpedition.blogspot.com/2019/05/trial-post.html?spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR10GsWhjB_MsMtNjkQketMbRR5ccChBAGuC2FsrY_Ne70deX9f7tCu7fIA.
Photos below were selected from those Mrs. Midgley posted on her blog (linked above).