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Learning trip to Florida being organized for students from area schoolsPosted Monday, June 27, 2011, at 11:36 AM
How does swimming with the dolphins and manatees in Florida sound to you?
What about snorkeling on an ocean reef for sea life and eco-system study?
Would you like to kayak through the Mangrove trees to do research in marine biology and environmental science and earn up to three college credits from the University of Virginia in the process?
A unique summer Florida student study program offered to all Greene County high schools as well as North Daviess High School is now being formulated and taking applications.
Mistie Anderson, the parent of an Eastern Greene High School student, is the county trip coordinator for World Strides, the largest K-12 school in the world.
Anderson's daughter, Jacie, wants to be a marine biologist and do pharmaceutical research with corral reefs and the Florida trip planned next year -- June 10-15, 2012 -- is perfect background for her career pursuit.
Anderson, who has a degree in bio-chemistry, said students from Eastern Greene, Bloomfield, White River Valley, Linton-Stockton, Shakamak, and North Daviess schools are welcome on the trip.
A minimum of 15 students is needed to form the trip.
Three students have already committed for the trip and Anderson hopes as word spreads about the trip, more students will come on board.
Cost of the trip is about $2,600, but there are $400 scholarships available to help defray some of the expenses.
"We will do everything possible to ensure that money is not what keeps someone from going," Anderson said this past week. "The quicker we get 15 participants committed, the quicker we can begin our fundraising and trip plans. We want to do as much fundraising as we can."
The group is also seeking grants to help supplement the trip costs.
Anderson said the group plans to have fundraisers at the Solsberry Days celebration as well as at the Bloomfield Apple Festival and the Greene County 4-H Fair.
"They get one college credit just for going (on the trip) but if they would like to get two more college credits they do a pre-online and post-online course and they can get up to three credit hours," Anderson explained.
Fundraising will be done in all five school district areas.
"I'm excited about all five school districts being involved in a non-competitive fashion. I would really love to see this happen," Anderson stressed. "I would really like to see some students from all of the schools."
Anderson, who has a background in food catering, has some great ideas for fundraising.
The old Graham Cheese factory/Dutch Pantry store in Elnora is now serving as a certified USDA community kitchen and Anderson plans to use the facility to make baked goods.
"We are just looking to do fundraisers that are different than you've ever seen. We're going to do a lot of cookies ... some like a cookie lollipop with the logos from each school," she said.
Packets of information about the trip will soon be distributed to all area schools.
"We want to have meetings at each of the schools when classes start in the fall," she added.
World Strides has been offering educational trips since 1967 for elementary, middle school and high school students.
This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for area students to learn outside the classroom walls and have some memorable fun moments.
To find out more information, Anderson can be contacted by telephone at 863-4040 or by email at email@example.com .
More about World Strides can be found at www.worldstrides.org.
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be contacted by telephone at 847-4487 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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