Students, teacher plan for next summer’s trip abroad

Stephanie Ivankovich
Students, teacher plan for next summer’s trip abroad

Perry students are planning their next summer vacation.

The Perry Community School District approved the high school’s trip to France and Spain at its meeting on Sept. 14.

Teresa Kressa, Perry High School French teacher, said the trip is not sponsored by the school and will cost more than $4,500 for each student.

The trip will be from July 7 through July 16, of 2016.

“Students will travel from the United States to France,” Kressa told school board members. “They will spend two days in Paris, travel to Versaille— the home of the Palace of France.”

They will experience activities include traveling classrooms where they role play the different parts of the royal court and cook their own dinner in a French kitchen.

The trip will end in Barcelona. World Strides International Discovery, the organization that will accompany the students and teacher, also traveled with Perry High School students two years ago on a trip to Quebec Canada.

“It was selected for their enriched educational experiences,” Kressa said. “Also for the safety because we will have a guide with us 24 hours and the overall trip quality.”

The cost of the trip includes airfare, hotel, transportation, entrance into sites on the itinerary, two meals a day, a 24-hour tour guide, local guides and educational experiences, she said.

“The trip does not include checked luggage, passport fees, lunch and beverages, spending or shopping money,” the teacher said. “I alway encourage students to have $300 to $500 extra for that.”

Students can also earn college credit during the trip, she said.

A financial assistance program is available. Students can fundraise with a parent-appointed leader. “Students go into this trip knowing the burden of the price,” Kressa said. “It is open to any Perry High School students.”

Additionally, several families have opted to purchase an insurance plan that covers cancellation.

This is Kressa’s eighth trip abroad with students.

“This is my seventh trip to France,” Kressa said. “I have never encountered any concerns. The company would never allow us to depart during any unsafe situations.”

In January students will meet with the teacher monthly to learn about culture shock, security at the airport and in country, packing and language preparation.

“Therefore I can assure the Perry Community School Board and members in the community that this will be an incredible learning opportunity,” she said.

So far six students are enrolled.

“It will be a neat deal for the kids,” said Kyle Baxter, school board member.

In other business, Linda Andorf, newly elected school board member was sworn in along with incumbents Kenia Alcaron and Jim Lutmer.

Lynn Ubben, Perry Community School District superintendent, recognized Dan Wilhemi, school board president, for eight years of service with the district.

Baxter was then elected to take his place as school board president.

Lutmer was re-elected for the school board vice president position.