Our Mission: To provide excellent educational experiences to the students attending the Bayport – Blue Point Union Free School District
Students from the Bayport-Blue Point High School returned to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) on March 7, 2023. After a hiatus of three years, March 5 of 2020, due to the Covid pandemic, the students were excited to return.
With the opening of the LIRR Grand Central Station, we were able to reduce a three subway stop uptown trip to the MET from Penn Station into a visit to the beautiful new concourse and a single subway ride on the 6 train. The Long Island Rail Road coordinator, Ron, met us at Jamaica to assure our smooth transfer to the Grand Central station during a tumultuous transition for the LIRR. The students became enamored with the seemingly mile long emerald escalator. The smooth transfers and subway ride enabled us to take the quick walk from Madison and 77th Street to the MET’s group entrance.
After checking in, the various groups of Art and European History students spent time exploring the numerous halls and displays of the MET. For a few students, this was their first exploration of the museum. The chaperones, Sean Meade, Frank Salino, and Krissy Ungaro enjoyed hearing the wonder exclaimed as students viewed many paintings, sculptures and other artifacts for the first time. The MET has continued to develop new exhibits through the last few years, which enhanced the visit. Greek and Roman statues initially greeted the BBP group. Along with new exhibits, the students did visit some of the usual locations: the Temple of Dendur and the Impressionist Art Wing.
The return trip home embellished the experience with a jam-packed south bound 6 train. New York can have its own special feel, and this train ride was one of them. The rest of the voyage back to the Sayville train station went well. A fun day was had by all.
Both the students and chaperones would like to thank the Student Educational Enrichment and Development program (SEED) for continuing to sponsor this field trip.