It was a field trip designed to give Richmond students wings—in more ways than one.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 20 fifth-through-eighth grade students from Richmond boarded a JetSuiteX aircraft at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California, on their way to enjoy a day-long excursion in Los Angeles.
It was all part of “LA for a Day,” a new program partnership between For Richmond and air carrier JetSuiteX that flies Richmond students to Los Angeles for the day for an educational and cultural adventure.
Tuesday was the program’s inaugural trip. Another trip will be offered in summer 2017 and then onward twice per year during the spring and summer. Most of the children participating in LA for a Day were selected by Richmond educators for being the most improved academically at their schools.
The program, in part, aims to reward and encourage children who may not have performed well academically in the past, but who have worked hard to improve their grades. Quick trips aboard JetSuiteX afford Richmond children the opportunity to expand their horizons by engaging in an enriching experience beyond their everyday lives.
Numerous children participating in the recent LA for a Day trip were not only riding in a plane for the first time, but also were traveling outside of Richmond and the Bay Area for the first time.
“We’re thrilled to partner with For Richmond and its LA for a Day program to give the next generation of travelers a chance to experience the wonder of air travel and explore one of our home cities – Los Angeles,” said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuiteX. “We’re proud to be on the forefront of improving air travel between the East Bay and LA, and the entire JetSuiteX crew is honored to expose these ‘most improved’ students to a new place that may not otherwise be easily accessible. We’re proud to help For Richmond bring that type of excitement and experience to these kids.”
Upon landing at Burbank Bob Hope Airport outside of Los Angeles last Tuesday, the students toured JetSuiteX’s private hangar. From there, they were transported to the California Science Center, where they were treated to lunch courtesy of Mechanics Bank and explored the various exhibits.
Top attractions enjoyed by the group at the center included “The Body Worlds Exhibit,” an immersive multimedia experience with narrative storytelling about the wonders of the real human body; the “High Wire Bicycle,” which enabled students to defy the laws of gravity and learn about physics while safely riding a bicycle across a one-inch cable 43 feet above the ground; and “The Space Shuttle Endeavour,” which treated the awestruck youth to a visit to the shuttle and some of the artifacts from its flights.
The idea for the LA for a Day program was born of an opportune meeting between For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy and JetSuiteX CEO (and founder) Alex Wilcox at a Richmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Worthy and Wilcox identified a synergistic way to merge their respective expertise and the program was launched.
“In launching our LA for a Day program, my greatest hope is to ignite that spark in our children that spurs them to reach higher and keep flying beyond their neighborhood skylines after this trip,” said Worthy.
To inform For Richmond about Richmond students in the fifth through eighth grade who would be good candidates to participate in the program’s summer field trip, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book a flight on JetSuiteX, click here.
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com