Spring Break Trips Foster Learning Beyond Classroom

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CHSD117: Spring Break Trips

Several D117 students spent their spring break in destinations such as Iceland, Disneyworld, and Spain, offering them far more than just a break from school. Each location became an outside classroom of sorts, enriching students’ perspectives beyond textbooks. 

Students in our ACHS band, choir, orchestra, and theater programs went to Disney World to perform and participate in workshops and clinics provided by the Disney Performing Arts team. They had an amazing experience in Disney World, which sparked creativity in developing students’ skill sets in the performing arts. 

In addition, 41 students and 8 staff members from LCHS had the opportunity to travel to Spain for 10 days. During their time abroad, students were able to visit many historical sites, such as La Sagrada Familia and the Alhambra. Students were able to put their language skills to use while interacting with the tour guide and people they met along the way. This immersive experience helped students with skills in Spanish language and cultural awareness.

Finally, a small group of students from LCHS visited Iceland’s “living” classroom by connecting with a new culture, language, food, activities, and interactions. The primary purpose of the Iceland trip was to incorporate all elements of STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) learning. Traditional sciences, such as biology, environmental science, chemistry, earth science, and physics were incorporated in the activities, along with engineering, design, problem solving, and research. 

We thank the CHSD 117 Board of Education for supporting and approving educational travel for our students. These experiences foster awareness, adaptability, and independence, equipping students with invaluable life lessons that transcend the confines of a classroom, broadening their horizons for years to come.