A group of students from El Reno High School took a field trip over the summer. The outing was to Europe.
With teachers Vanessa Gallegos and Angela Henry, the students traveled from June 8-17. The EHS students were joined by a third-grader from Maple School.
The first stop was Dublin, Ireland, where they visited Trinity College. The students were able to get a firsthand look at medieval manuscripts, including one of Ireland’s most famous artifacts, the Book of Kells. This intricately constructed book contains the four Gospels, and it was composed sometime close to 800 A.D.
Later, the group of students were led through St. Stephen’s Green as they learned about the Irish Potato Famine of the mid-19th century.
The students then traveled to Wales and toured the Beaumaris Castle before moving on to England. They learned about the great William Shakespeare by visiting the home where he was born, and they also toured the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway.
Once they were in London, the students had quite a schedule to keep — lots to see, lots to learn and lots to enjoy.
They visited Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, the Piccadilly Circus (a road junction), the Covent Gardens and the London Bridge.
One of the students, Eric De Loera, purchased a medieval helmet and chain mail, which he wore while touring the streets.
The students also visited the locations where the Jack the Ripper murders had taken place.
The students then traveled to Paris, France. They were able to see the recently burned Notre Dame Cathedral from a distance. They also visited the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower.
Other activities included a cruise down the River Seine and a trip to the Palace of Versailles.
According to the students and their teachers, they all had a wonderful time on the trip.
“I really enjoyed the trip, getting to see more of the world changed how I view the world,” said Jesse Peavler, a freshman.
“Being exposed to different cultures can really change how you think of people. The people we met and the people who went made the trip loads more fun than if I had gone by myself."
“Traveling with the students is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done,” said Henry.
“The students experience so much more than they ever could in a traditional classroom. This is learning that they will never forget.”
Gallegos and Henry are currently planning for another trip to Europe in 2021, this time touring Italy. The trip has been approved by the school board, and students who are interested should ask their parents before discussing it with the teachers.
For more information, a meeting with students and parents will be held Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Media Arts Building.
Students making the recent trip included seniors Zane Sample and Hector Ruiz; juniors Nayeli Acosta, Katelyn Robinson, Bradleigh Baker, Leslie Haro and Aaron Minyard; sophomores Eric De Loera, Christian Acosta and Iven Hawk; freshman Jesse Peavler; Maple third-grader Yamileth Marquez; and parent Macy Parker.