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published on 08/27/2008

Signal Mountain Students Embark Next March on a Global Classroom Experience

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Signal Mountain MHS and Red Bank High students are expanding their classroom – to Athens and the Greek and Turk Islands. On March 12, 2009, approximately 30 members of Signal Mountain Middle/High School and Red Bank High student body, along with friends and family, will embark on a 10 day, educational adventure on an EF Educational Tour to Greece and Turkey. Rather than just reading about the Acropolis, Parthenon, Oracle of Delphi and the Colossus of Rhodes, they are going to experience these historical treasures first hand – taking their understanding of world history, art and cultures to a new level.

The tour includes a few days of touring in Athens and several days on a cruise. The cruise stops in Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, and Patmos to name a few ports. Although the budget tours are geared for students and teachers, these tours are NOT school-related, so any friends and family can travel as well. There are travel spots available beginning in August through September 30, or until filled. Some members of Mrs. Smith’s tour group can complete coursework upon returning from their tour, enabling them to receive high school credit. Informational meeting will be held in August.

“I think the tradition of student travel is so important to continue, even in these tough economic times. In today’s world, international education and cultural knowledge is more important than ever before,” said Mrs. Mulloy. “I not only believe in the value EF Educational Tours have on my students academically, but I feel strongly that world travel changes their perspective. I know travel has changed me for the better. It can even influence career direction and academic interest; not to mention, Ivy League schools like Harvard wanting a copy of your passport with your application to prove travel experiences. What does that say?”

In preparation for the trip, Mrs. Mulloy will incorporate educational content about Greece and Turkey into her curriculum. Some good resources are provided by PBS as part of a partnership between the organization and EF Educational Tours.

“I’m so excited to go somewhere new and see what things are really like,” says a first-time world traveler and a student in Mrs. Mulloy’s class. “It will be like all those things in my school books are for real and really have to do with my life. It will make it all so much more interesting!”

Photo: Ruins of Pompeii from previous tour of Italy

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