Walt Disney fourth-grade class takes trip to see the Chicago Cubs

Walt Disney fourth grade class takes trip to see the Chicago Cubs. // WSBT 22 photo

A few weeks ago, WSBT 22 told you about a very special fourth-grade class at Walt Disney Elementary.

The students adopted the Chicago Cubs as their class team and used baseball as motivation for studying.

Word of what they were doing made it all the way up to the owner of the Cubs and he extended an invite for the entire class to come out to Wrigley Field.

Like so many other fans, the first stop for Jodi Cramer's class was for a quick photo op in front of the marquee. For the teacher, it all seemed very surreal.

“Here we are today and I can't believe it's happening either,” said Cramer.

As they made their way towards the entrance, the kids passed a statue of Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks, and marveled at the size of the stadium.

“Pretty amazing, how big Wrigley Field is,” said fourth-grader, Mason Westbrook.

The size of the stadium is perhaps only rivaled by the amount of effort it took these kids to earn their way here, as this trip was a reward for hitting home runs in the classroom.

“We had to complete ISTEP, it was a really long process,” Westbrook said.

“So we have a scoreboard that looks just like that one, and every week we score runs by meeting our goals,” Cramer said.

By following the steps laid out by Mrs. Cramer at school, these students now had a chance to walk up the steps of Wrigley Field.

“Walking up the steps was just like, so cool,” said fourth-grader, Alexah Ward.

After entering the stadium, the kids were brought down onto the field as it was prepared for Thursday's game. Then, they grabbed a seat and were given a history lesson on the Chicago Cubs.

As game time neared, everybody involved knew they were experiencing something special.

“It's something that I will never forget,” Cramer said.

“It's very special here with the whole entire class,” said Ward.

For both teacher and class, this trip and the journey that led up to it, couldn't have come together any better.

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