LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – With the exception of this summer’s vacation trips, it’s far too early for Pottsgrove School District students to pack their luggage for education-related travel both domestically and abroad. There’s probably a sense of excitement among them, though, for nine different excursions already approved by the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Destinations include Boston MA, Orlando FL, Harrisburg PA, Hershey PA, Atlanta GA, Nashville TN, Wallops Island VA; Germany, Belgium, and Austria; and one location yet to be determined. All trips were accepted by directors’ votes during their May 23, June 13, and June 27 meetings.
Here’s where students are headed, in dated order, and why:
Feb. 21-23 (2018): DECA State Conference. This trip to Hershey is for 35-40 students in the high school’s award-winning DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Club, who will learn more about business, marketing, accounting, and personal finance. The cost to students will be $300 each and includes admission, lodging, and meals; student fund-raising could lower their expense. The total cost to the district is $925 and includes bus transportation and substitute coverage for two teachers who will chaperone.
March 23-25: Junior Class Trip. A trip to Boston benefits those who will be juniors during the 2017-2018 school year, but only if there is sufficient interest from students. It’s expected to give them “a wide variety of cultural experiences, travel logistics, and reflect the culmination of the students’ academic career thus far in Pottsgrove,” directors were told. The cost to students will be $775 each and includes travel by bus, lodging, and meals. The total cost to the district is $480 and includes the cost of substitutes to cover teachers who will chaperone.
March 27-31: Music Tour. Between 100 and 125 high school students in various music classes hope to travel to Nashville with Peak Performance Tours, a company used by the music department for several past trips Attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and various museums. The cost to students will be $850 each and includes travel, lodging, and meals. The total cost to the district is $500 and includes the cost of substitutes to cover teachers who will chaperone.
April 15-18: Wallops Island. This annual trip to Virginia provides up to 50 students in grades 10-12 with a real-life opportunity to examine environmental changes, ecosystem diversity, and patterns of natural changes. The cost to students will be $350 each and includes transportation. The total cost to the district is $900 and will cover the costs substitutes for three or four teachers who will chaperone.
April 19-22: YMCA of PA Youth and Government Model Convention. Youth and Government is a national program that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. The convention trip to Harrisburg is intended for 15-20 students in the high school’s Youth and Government Club. The cost to students will be $375 each and includes transportation by bus, lodging, and meals. The total cost to the district is $200 and will cover the costs of substitutes for one or two teachers who will chaperone.
April 21-24: DECA International Career Development Conference. Between two and five DECA student members are expected to compete and attend various workshops at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, but the trip depends on their qualification for the international competition. The estimated cost to the district is $7200, which includes airfare, lodging, and meals, all activities students will encounter, and substitute coverage for one teacher chaperone.
May 22-24: PA State Envirothon. This trip, the Pennsylvania destination of which is yet to be announced, is for up to five students participating in the Pennsylvania State Envirothon Competition, and gives them a real life opportunity to compete at the state level. The cost to students will include food, lodging, entrance, and any other fees. The district will cover the cost of a substitute teacher, travel fees, and advisor expenses.
May 29-June 2: Senior Class Trip. The annual seniors’ trip to Orlando is expected to attract about 100 students, again for “a wide variety of cultural experiences, travel logistics, and (to) reflect a culmination of the students’ academic career in Pottsgrove.” The cost to students will be $1400 and includes travel, lodging, and meals. The total cost to the district is $2,800 each and includes the cost of substitutes to cover seven teachers who will chaperone.
June 16-July 14: Germany, Belgium and Austria. Since the summer of 2009, the Pottsgrove German Exchange has traveled to Kerpen, Germany, and stayed with host families. Next year’s trip to Germany, Austria, and Belgium is specifically for 10-15 students taking German, with two teachers acting as chaperones. Students are immersed in the German language and engaged in the German culture during the entire trip. There are no anticipated costs to the district. The cost to students will be approximately $2000 each and includes discounted airfares, ground travel, lodging, and tours.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 27 meeting):
- Nine Pottsgrove Student Trips Planned In 2018
- Pottsgrove Extends Contract For Market Street
- Some In Pottsgrove Riding New Buses To School
- Pottsgrove Handles Post-Budget Clean-Up
- Pottsgrove Budget Final; Taxes Rise 0.39 Percent
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