“Wright in Our Backyard” Offers Local Students
Free Admission to Fallingwater

“...thank you for making our
recent field trip to Fallingwaterpossible...the students were
given an opportunity to see and
learn about something that manydidn’t know existed. The guides
were well informed and fielded
all the questions the studentshad with patience. For days
after our tour, the students
spoke about the house andwhat they learned...thank
you...for providing transportation
and free admission for our
students...It is a trip they will
remember for a long time.”

— 8th grade teacher, Albert Gallatin North Middle School

More than 1,700 students from two local counties visited Fallingwater at no charge (even bussing costs were reimbursed) to participate in the “Wright in our Backyard” educational program—triple the number that participated in 2005. The visits were made possible through participation in Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Tax Credit Program and the support of local businesses.

Fallingwater also introduced the “Nuts & Bolts of Architecture” as an optional educational component for student groups. For many students, this was their first field trip. A long-term goal is that every child in the region visits Fallingwater at least once during his or her school years.

Seven school districts in Fayette County and southwestern Somerset County with an estimated student population of 20,388 are included in the program: Albert Gallatin Area, Brownsville Area, Connellsville Area, Laurel Highlands, Frazier, Uniontown Area, and Turkeyfoot Area in Somerset County. As it grows, it is hoped the program can become available to other schools in southwestern Pennsylvania.


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