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What is Main Street U.S.A.?

The program is a day-long geographic field trip for third, fourth and fifth grade. Each field trip is based on a region of the United States or an event in American history or other geographic topics. Olathe, Communities, Canada/Mexico, American Sampler, Kansas Explorers and Trails, American Indian, Colonial Times, and American Revolution are available.

Don and Cheryl Everhart

Don and Cheryl Everhart developed Main Street U.S.A.

What do students do?

Students complete activities that are geographic based. Nearly every activity has a literature piece. In addition, activities incorporate such areas as history, cooking, archaeology, crafts, science, math, art, paleontology, careers, communication, writing and listening.

What are the benefits?

Main Street U.S.A. provides an opportunity for adults to interact with students. While parents may provide the main source of activity leadership, other adults may be utilized. The benefit of older adults working with students should not be overlooked. Community leaders, which may include business partners, are excellent facilitators.

The program is located at 1021 S. Pitt Street in Olathe, Kansas. Students are bused for the day of activities. The most important benefit of the program is that students have fun learning about the United States and aspects of American history, as well as other geographic topics. The students come away with a different appreciation for cultures within our nation.

How is Main Street U.S.A. assessed?

Each region has a pre-test and a post-test given by the classroom teacher. (The classroom teacher is not required to score either test.) If the classroom teacher prefer, a four square activity is included. Students can also be assessed through the passport each child receives. The entire program is aligned with third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade Kansas social studies standards as well as national geography standards.

Why visit Main Street U.S.A.?

The development of the program was based on Jensen’s Brain Research, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and Denver and Hobbs Learning Spiral.

How much does Main Street U.S.A. cost?

The charge is $175 per classroom. Classes outside the Olathe School District are charged an additional $10 per classroom building usage fee.

Who developed Main Street U.S.A.?

Cheryl and Don Everhart initiated and developed Main Street U.S.A. Both were elementary teachers with a total of 70 years of experience. Cheryl taught fourth grade at Gardner Elementary in the Gardner Edgerton School District for 33 years. Don taught in the Olathe School District for 37 years. Cheryl has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas. Don also has a bachelor’s degree, as well as a masters in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia (now Emporia State University). Both are geography teacher consultants; Cheryl being trained by Kansas Geographic Alliance and Don being trained by National Geographic Society.

 

Don or Cheryl Everhart
3 Holly Drive
Olathe KS 66062
(913) 526-5877
(913) 526-5876
cdeverhart@aol.com
deverhartce@olatheschools.org

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Written By: Marlene Colgan Date posted: August 9, 2016