She is an incredible Spanish teacher (most kids come away from her class speaking the language) and decided to give the kids from the small mill town they live in, an opportunity to see beyond their town and state and country. She put together an itinerary and encouraged the kids to raise the money and Tuesday at midnight 27 of them got on a bus and headed for the airport. Half of those who went were teachers or parents and she arranged some special opportunities for them as well.
Here’s the write up about it.
This is my baby girl! We had nervously let her be an exchange student in Venezuela when she was 15. She wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. She decided not take any Spanish classes here and seemed totally unprepared for a year in a foreign land on her own. But she surprised us and rose to the occasion… she had a host sister who forced her to learn Spanish and she came back a different person. Her world had opened up. And her two parents survived her being away for the year.
Since then I have watched her with awe and respect as she has grown and changed and become.