STAR CITY — Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High has been awarded a 2018 Target Field Trip Grant. This is the eighth time High received the grant, according to a news release.


High received a $700 Target Field Trip Grant that will fund expenses for an upcoming educational field trip for Star City High School art students. They will see works of art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art at Bentonville as well as experience performing arts and engage in other educational activities at Branson, Missouri.


“I am honored to have once again been awarded the Target Field Trip Grant,” said High, who was named Secondary Art Teacher of the year at the Arkansas Art Educators fall conference. “The grant will provide a very valuable educational opportunity for my students that would not be possible in a traditional classroom environment. I greatly appreciate the Target Corp. for providing the grant to help support art education at Star City High School and make this learning experience possible.”


During the visit to Branson, students will take a cruise on the Showboat Branson Belle where they will enjoy a variety show including singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and magicians. Students will also visit Silver Dollar City to see attractions including demonstrating craftsman such as woodworkers, glass blowers, potters and other skilled artisans.


“I believe that in order to provide a quality art education students should have an opportunity to view works of art in person and learn from the artists who created the works,” High said.


High received the grant six times since becoming the Star City High School art teacher, each time funding an art related field trip. He also received the grant twice as the art teacher for Dermott Elementary School, each time funding a visit to an art museum.


High was selected from more than 25,000 applicants from around the country to be among the 5,000 teachers to receive a Target Field Trip Grant to help continue the learning experiences students gain from field trips.


High entered the teaching profession in 2005. Since then he has been awarded more than $20,000 in grant money for educational programs and has helped implement 44 educational field trips to provide educational opportunities for his students. Field trips included visits to Graceland, art galleries, plays, historic sites, cultural festivals, science museums, planetariums, zoos, parks, bridges, waterparks, amusement parks, movie theatres, riverboats, and nature centers.


High joined the Star City High School faculty as the art teacher in the fall of 2011. Since then, High has increased student performance on the Advanced Placement Studio Art exam and increased student participation and achievement at the Arkansas Young Artists Association competition and other art competitions, according to the release.


High also serves as local president for the Star City Education Association. He is a member of the Arkansas Education Association Public Relations Committee and is the Arkansas Art Educators News Director. He previously served as Arkansas Art Educators Southeast Regional Director.