Over two weeks they were immersed in German culture attending school, living with host families, visiting historical sites, and tasting German food.
“That first time abroad experience is so eye opening,” Norris said. “You see their minds opening up and gaining confidence.” She said one student hardly talked throughout the school year, and while in Germany he really came out of his shell.
Among the sites the students visited were Munster, Cologne, and Bremerhaven. They went to the German Emigration museum where some students traced their ancestry, took a bicycle tour of Berlin, and went to Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp.
“A lot of them had interest in Holocaust history before they went,” Norris said. “The first time you witness something like that…it left a big impression on them.”
While the students learned about German history and got to experience a new country, there were other benefits to taking the group overseas. For one, they got to try out the German they’d learned in class on people who grew up speaking the language.
“For them to actually be someplace where they hear that language that they’ve been learning all around them, they realize people really do speak this someplace,” Norris said. “It was an opportunity to practice what they learned in class.”
Not only did the students get to try carrying on a conversation in German, taking a class of students from the United States helped to strengthen the 30-year tie Edgewood High School has with the German exchange program.
- taken from the HTO education blog
Unified Sports® Track and Field is a program developed by Special Olympics to encourage students with and without special needs to form friendships and participate together in sports training and competition. The team members will have the oppportunity to compete side-by-side in a state championship that will be held at Indiana University the same weekend as our Boys' and Girls' Track and Field Championships. Edgewood High School is one of only 20 schools in the state taking part in this new event.
A quick plane ride took us to Barcelona, where we visited the Sagrada Familia, the Parc Güell, the Cathedral of Barcelona, La Boqueria, and a beach in Sitges. One night, many people tried calamari for the first time. After three nights, we boarded the bus for the seven hour drive to Madrid. Halfway between Barcelona and Madrid, we stopped at the Monasterio de Piedra, where we walked through the park.
In Madrid, we saw the famous Puerta del Sol, and the Prado museum. Later, part of the group walked to the Estación de Atocha, where we saw over 100 turtles. We also went shopping in the Plaza Mayor before finishing our tour with a tapas night, where we sampled tortilla de patatas, jamón, and pimientos. Finally, we tried churros con chocolate. The next morning, we woke up bright and early to return home. (Submitted by Megan Vladoiu)
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