Students take ‘life-changing’ trip to Europe
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.” — St. Augustine
Recently, eight students from Winter Park Christian School in Tabernash were able to take an AP European History Tour to London, Paris, Normandy, Florence, Rome and the Vatican. The students worked hard fundraising for nearly two years to be able to go on the trip. The tour tied directly to their Humanities class this year. Students stood in the Roman Forum where Brutus and Marc Antony delivered their funeral speeches after Julius Caesar’s assassination. They climbed in and out of craters left from the Allied bombing of the Germans in WWII. They saw, in person, many artifacts that they had studied this year in Antiquity: the Code of Hammurabi, Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles, and they participated in cultures that are different than their own.
“My trip to Europe was a life-changing experience,” said student Alyssa Petersen. “It was definitely an eye-opener into the way other cultures work and the amazing history each place holds. I am so glad I was able to go.”
“We can enjoy the things we see and experience but it is good to think of the original purpose of places and people. It was fantastic to see the beautiful art work and think of its original purpose. Likewise, it was great to be able to see places where historic people stayed and think on what these places were meant to be,” said student Isaac Matson
“The bunkers of Normandy were really cool,” said Sam Toller. “It was an experience just being able to imagine what it was like and being able to stand where the war actually happened — it was really awesome.”
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