2017-03-19 / News

Chesaning, St. Charles High School students have travel opportunity for Spring Break 2018


Pictured during the June, 2016 trip to Puerto Rico are, from left to right: Justin Brown, Olivia Neuhaus, teacher Amy Sholtz, Kaylena Wiederhold, and teacher Melyssa Lenon. The picture was taken at Camuy Caverns. (Courtesy Photo) Pictured during the June, 2016 trip to Puerto Rico are, from left to right: Justin Brown, Olivia Neuhaus, teacher Amy Sholtz, Kaylena Wiederhold, and teacher Melyssa Lenon. The picture was taken at Camuy Caverns. (Courtesy Photo) Last June, three adventurous Chesaning High School students embarked on a journey to discover the island of natural wonders, Puerto Rico. Justin Brown, Olivia Neuhaus, and Kaylena Wiederhold joined their teachers, Amy Sholtz and Melyssa Lenon, for seven days of adventure and fun while practicing hands-on Spanish.

EF Explore America Tour Company, for Education First, created an itinerary that covered the whole island and the students were educated about the ecology of Puerto Rico along with the history of the island and the culture of its inhabitants. They explored the only tropical rain forest on U.S. soil, El Yunque National Forest, and the third largest underground cave system in the world, the Camuy Caverns. They visited the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista containing the site of the tomb of Ponce de León and the oldest Spanish fortification in the Caribbean, El Morro.

A trip to the bioluminescent bay was one of the highlights as they snorkeled in the dark with the glowing microscopic marine plankton. Everyone loved the salsa lessons and they learned first-hand how their favorite caffeinated beverage is created from the bean to grounds as they toured a coffee plantation complete with samples.

Chesaning High School is taking a break from touring Spanish speaking countries and is promoting an EF Explore America trip for Spring Break 2018 to California. Mandy Volk, Chesaning High School guidance counselor, is hoping to bring together students from CHS and St. Charles High School to explore the Golden State from north to south.

They will get to relax and catch a cable car in San Francisco, the “City by the Bay,” then bask in the bright lights of Hollywood as they explore Los Angeles, one of America’s most glamorous destinations, and then head farther south to San Diego and its world famous zoo.

An informational meeting will be held at Chesaning High School in the Student Center on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. for parents and students interested in learning more about this great opportunity. The cost for the trip along, the full itinerary and fundraising opportunities will be discussed at this meeting. This is a great opportunity for students from both schools to experience an educationally fun and safe spring break with their friends.

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