RC students may be going to France

If they can raise the money, Rush City students will have the opportunity to view firsthand some of the world’s most celebrated works of art during a trip to France.

The Rush City School Board unanimously gave the green light for the 10-day art trip, planned in June 2016, after a presentation by high school art teacher Daniel Kuchenbecker. The trip is called, “France The Grand Tour.”

“I’m proposing an educational trip to France through WorldStrides,” Kuchenbecker said.

He said he chose 2016 to allow him time to research different fundraising opportunities and give students time to raise the necessary funds. The trip would involve a tour to nine different cities by bus and train throughout France, he explained, and students would be gaining an education in history and culture, as well.

WorldStrides International Discovery programs offer travel experiences to more than 60 countries on six continents. For more than three decades, the organization has focused on educational value to “inspire and enrich” travelers, while its programming engages students to become active learners, according to literature provided by Kuchenbecker.

In addition, the program provides safety of the whole group and uses centrally located hotels in safe neighborhoods. Meals are chosen to reflect local cuisine, and WorldStrides’ tour directors use their training to act as cultural mediators while engaging students throughout the program, the literature added.

For students, teachers, the school nurse and adult chaperones, the cost per person has been identified at $4,459 or 24 payments of $173.29. The trip cost includes transportation, travel insurance, hotel accommodations and meals and tour director and local guides.

The itinerary includes travel to Paris, Versailles, Louvre, Normandy, Mont St. Michel, Loire Chateaux, Nice and Monaco-Eze.

“Students will need to pay their own way,” Kuchenbecker said. He said the timing may allow them to save up if they have jobs, and he will be busy with generating fundraising ideas for students and adults to start the process.

“Local organizations may help out, too,” he added.

The art teacher said he hopes the journey becomes a regular trip every four years for Rush City students. He has already presented it to seventh graders, who will be ninth graders by the 2016 date, along with more than 30 parents.

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