Special Olympians here at Rose
BY: EMMY BARCELONA ON APRIL 17, 2014
With exams creeping up and classes coming to an end, there is one prime thing on students’ minds: summer. Beach trips are being planned and flights are being booked with the promise of a school-free summer just out of reach. However, a select group of students are
planning to spend their summer abroad to add a pinch of learning to their break.
English teacher Ashley Hutchinson, Spanish teacher Luisa Haynes and art teacher Sarah Fish are the teachers involved in these trips. They plan these summer trips through the Education First Tours (EF Tours) company that provides tours, tour guides and other necessities. EFT is built on helping students gain skills that are essential to their future, and giving them a learning experience based on exposure to different cultures.
This summer, Fish is taking a group of students to Europe for 11 days. It is her first time taking one of these trips.
“Each day, there is an itinerary for each city and we’ll be in each city for about two days,” Fish said. “Our first stop is Paris, where we’ll go on guided tours, go to museums and we’ll have dinner at Parisian restaurants.”
After Paris, they plan to travel to Florence and then Milan. They will then go to Rome, where they will see the Coliseum. From Rome, they will take a cruise to see Pompeii, along with a few other smaller islands.
“I am most excited for the architecture in Rome,” junior Susan Marlowe said. “Everything there is very old and different. It’s nice to see things from how the old architects and artists saw them.”
Hutchinson is also taking a group together to Europe. Her group is going to Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain, and they plan to stay there for 10 or 12 days.
“I’m really excited to go to places that are so different from usual life in America,” senior Matthew Lopez said. “All the new food will be a highlight too.”
While Fish is taking her trip in the summer of 2014, Hutchinson’s and Hayne’s groups are traveling to Europe in the summer of 2015.
Haynes has been taking students to Europe for years now. Next summer, she is taking a group to Spain, Italy and Greece. Last summer, she went to London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.
“Greece was beautiful, “ junior Wade Naziri said. “We were able to go to the islands of Greece while on a cruise. The islands were beautiful with dark sand and beautifully clear water.”
Naziri studied abroad with Haynes last year and is planning on going next summer with Hutchinson.
“[Last year’s] trip was a great experience which allowed us to travel all throughout Europe and get a taste of all the different cultures and to experience the cultures first hand,” Naziri said. “I enjoyed the trip so much; I am planning on returning with Mrs. Hutchinson’s group so I can experience even more and see different places and cultures.”
Signups for these trips are still available. However, Fish’s trip is closing in fast so if any students are interested in going, they need to talk to her as soon as possible. Fish can be found in her room, room 504. If any students want to go on Hutch’s trip, they need to talk to her and receive an information packet on the details of the trip. Hutch can be found in room 320. Her trip is about three thousand dollars but the price is going to increase after April 30th. Students who are interested in going on these trips also need to sign up through the EFT website.
The Europe trips are good opportunities for students to be exposed to other cultures and to learn through their experiences. While students are spending their summers on beaches or at amusement parks, others are coloring their summer with experiences in far off lands and keeping their minds active.