Tri-Creek School Board OKs student trip to East Coast

2013-05-09T21:30:00Z 2013-05-09T22:18:14Z Tri-Creek School Board OKs student trip to East CoastMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent
May 09, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | A group of Lowell High School students will take a trip next spring break to Boston and New York.

The Tri-Creek School Board on Thursday gave its OK for history teachers Chris Werling and Dustin Hudak to lead the group of 10th- through 12th-graders on the trip in March.

The teachers plan to being accepting sign-ups immediately with plans to have most students on board by May 31.

"This is fabulous stuff," Superintendent Debra Howe said after viewing the itinerary.

Werling said they will begin at Old North Church in Boston, visit Lexington and Concord and more before heading to New York City and its Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Sept. 11 memorial site and Broadway for a show.

"Since I began teaching, I wanted our kids to get outside of Lowell," Werling said. "I want them to see it. Touch it."

Hudak, a Lowell High School graduate, said, "A lot of kids don't travel."

He and Werling said they want to instill a love of travel in their students.

While it's not exactly a throwback to the senior class trips of old, the two teachers led 35 students to Washington, D.C., last year and plan to cycle the nation's capital as a destination every three years.

"It's so important for kids to go to D.C. For me, never being there before, I never knew how beautiful, how impressive, it is," Hudak, who in his second year of teaching, said of last year's trip.

Werling, who has taught for six years, said students who sign on by May 31 will pay a reduced price. Payment plans are available, he said.

The board also approved another trip Thursday.

Tri-Creek students competing in the Special Olympics State Summer Games in June will travel to Terre Haute by district school bus.

Asked for a legal opinion, attorney Monica Conrad said the board would be incurring greater risk.

"The bottom line is you can't close off all risk," she said.

Conrad advised a certificate of insurance and a waiver of liability would be required.

Thirteen people will take the bus, including accompanying adults.

The Lowell athletes will be competing in volleyball and powerlifting.

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