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Classroom on Wheels (COW)  








CLASSROOM ON WHEELS is a school bus-based traveling classroom for half-day field trips throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Generally, we would use the COW Bus, but social distancing prohibits its use temporarily. MUST USE OWN TRANSPORTATION.The Classroom on Wheels Program provides an in-depth look into local businesses and industry, arts and culture, education, religion, government, social services, agriculture, and history in a way that one could not accomplish on one’s own. Students gain an appreciation of what goes into creating the quality of life we enjoy. Since 1974, Classroom On Wheels students have visited or learned about more than 1,300 places and people. These popular classes have gained a huge following of loyal students who love to learn about the area via field trips and lectures. Classes are held in the fall, winter, and spring.


WINTER 2021 – SERIES #181 Happy Birthday Sarasota County - This year, 2021 marks the Centennial or the 100th birthday of the creation of Sarasota County. We will meet with Frank Cassell, author of the book Creating Sarasota County. He will give us an overview of his book. Then we will view a video of a play written for the Historical Society of Sarasota County, telling about the need for improved roads and bridges, the building of part of the Tamiami Trail, and ultimately the separation from Manatee County to develop Sarasota County.

NOTE: The first week of classes, February 3, 4, and 5 will take place at the Suncoast Technical College Conference Center. (Enter at the Proctor Road entrance. The Visitor Parking lot is to your right. Park there. The Conference Center is located directly north of the Visitor Parking lot and adjacent to the Bistro Café.) Classes will begin at 9:00 am. Please arrive earlier to get your schedule. Orientation will be conducted along with an explanation of the scheduled topics, their locations and driving directions. If you have a COW name badge, please wear it. New students ill receive their name badges at this class.
The remaining topics will be held off-campus. Generally, we would use the COW Bus, but social distancing prohibits it use temporarily. You will drive to all class destinations. All admission fees are included in your ACE registration fee. ARRIVE EARLY BEFORE THE START OF CLASS (any time after 8:30 am) TO CHECK-IN AND GET YOUR SCHEDULE. WEARING MASKS are required for all classes, and SOCIAL DISTANCING will be maintained.

Blast From the Past – Take a Ride Through History -- We will visit the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. It is recognized as the second oldest operating classic car museum in the country. As you stroll through the museum on our docent-guided tour, you will travel back in time to when man’s greatest invention, the automobile developed. Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are featured in their rotating exhibits, including John and Mable Ringling’s Rolls Royce autos.

Explore 5,000 Years of History and Connect with coastal Habitats -- On your self-guided tour, you will discover the history of the 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental outdoor interpretive museum located on Little Sarasota Bay. Historical Spanish Point included prehistoric people who occupied this site as early as 3,000 B.C. and lived along the shoreline for nearly 4,000 years. The Webb Family came from New York in 1867 to establish their homestead and raise citrus for shipping. Mrs. Bertha Palmer came in 1910 and established her 360-acre estate. She preserved the Webb homestead and developed lavish gardens and lawns, some restored today. The museum includes a mile and quarter walk.

Hidden in Plain Sight – Visitors and residents often overlook the Art Center Sarasota. It boasts provocative contemporary exhibitions designed to inspire and challenge the viewer. We will enjoy some of their featured works by local and regional artists. It is a member-based organization that engages the entire artistic community by providing educational programs, demonstrations, and classes by international and local teaching artists to Sarasota’s cultural diversity. The Sarasota Art Association was established in 1926 as the first arts organization in Sarasota.

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Classroom on Wheels (Conference Center & Community)(Admission fees included)
Item: COW1014 Brenda Lee Hickman
W   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM STC Sarasota Bldg 2 Rm Conference Center
Sessions: 6 Location: 4748 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34233
W 2/3/2021 - 3/10/2021       Fee: $89.00

Students will need to bring and wear a mask at all times.
NOTE: The first class will take place at the Suncoast Technical College Conference Center. Two classes will be held off-campus. Along with your schedule, you will be given driving directions and other information regarding these classes.
 

 

Classroom on Wheels (Conference Center & Community)(Admission fees included)
Item: COW1015 Brenda Lee Hickman
Th   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM STC Sarasota Bldg 2 Rm Conference Center
Sessions: 6 Location: 4748 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34233
Th 2/4/2021 - 3/11/2021       Fee: $89.00

Students will need to bring and wear a mask at all times.
NOTE: The first class will take place at the Suncoast Technical College Conference Center. Two classes will be held off-campus. Along with your schedule, you will be given driving directions and other information regarding these classes.
 

 

Classroom on Wheels (Conference Center & Community)(Admission fees included)
Item: COW1016 Brenda Lee Hickman
F   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM STC Sarasota Bldg 2 Rm Conference Center
Sessions: 6 Location: 4748 Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34233
F 2/5/2021 - 3/12/2021       Fee: $89.00

Students will need to bring and wear a mask at all times.
NOTE: The first class will take place at the Suncoast Technical College Conference Center. Two classes will be held off-campus. Along with your schedule, you will be given driving directions and other information regarding these classes.

 

Register early to avoid disappointment, as classes will fill up quickly!

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Danelle Gilberti, Program Manager | Phone: 941-361-6590 | Fax: 941-925-6662
Address: 4748 Beneva Road | Sarasota, Florida 34233 | Map it.

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