Three local businesses make field trip possible for Chicopee elementary students


It was all smiles Thursday morning for 4th graders at Fairview Elementary School in Chicopee, as they got ready for their field trip to the New England Aquarium.

Due to a lack of funding the trip was almost canceled, but three local businesses couldn’t let that happen. So they came up with a plan, to make it possible. 

For many students, this was their first time visiting the New England Aquarium, and the business owners said, trips like these are important learning experiences. 

Central Oil, Bob Pion Buick GMC, and E.J. O’Neil Insurance Agency pooled together enough money for buses to bring these students to Boston. 

“It was heartbreaking to hear that the funding wasn’t able to come through for it,” said Patrick O’Neil of O’Neil Insurance. “So awesome seeing how excited they were getting on the buses today, even just playing the tinniest part to make that happen is super gratifying.”

One owner who helped out said, they hope this will inspire people to make a difference in other students lives.

” I just think it should lead to other companies doing the same thing.. whether it be Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield to pitch in and help some of these students because of the economic times in the school departments,” said owner of Central Oil, Marty Topor.

The students told 22News it’s a trip they know they’ll never forget. 

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