Even though we both have served as educators for Corunna Public Schools for over 20 years, it wasn’t until a major move by the district brought us together and we became fast friends during the 2014-2015 academic year. The following spring, we took some of our Kindergarten students to Lake Michigan for a photo shoot for Kindergarten Registration. For some of our students, it was the first time they had visited one of our beautiful Great Lakes. It was so much fun watching their eyes light up, looking out at the beautiful blue water. We enjoyed answering their many questions about the lake (Such as, “Are we at the ocean? Do sharks live here?”), skipping stones, and splashing in the waves. It was on the way home when the idea of the Benson’s Adventures children’s books series was born! We wanted to create a resource for families, students, and educators to
Since then, we, along with several students from many different school districts, have logged thousands of miles traveling across the nation on unique, educational “once in a lifetime” learning opportunities. Through partnerships with partners such as NASA, American Girl, Dean Trailways, The Sky Deck Ledge, Shedd Aquarium, Good Morning America, ABC12 News, Shinola, Meijer, Meemic Insurance, and many other local and major corporations, we were able to inspire children to DREAM BIG through national trips based on our Benson’s Adventures book series. We surprised students with the trip of a lifetime to New York City to be in a private photo shoot with Ginger Zee on the set of Good Morning America! Our newest book, Benson’s Adventures in the U.S.A. launched in Chicago on NBC News.
We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel with these children throughout the nation. We look forward to expanding our program to reach hundreds of children throughout the United States of America and across the world.