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Geography teacher Mrs. Weston holds a flyer for the Ireland trip.

Geography teacher Mrs. Weston holds a flyer for the Ireland trip.

Natasa Dobras

Natasa Dobras

Geography teacher Mrs. Weston holds a flyer for the Ireland trip.

Natasa Dobras, Staff Writer

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Geography teacher at Randall High School will take students to visit Ireland in the following summer of 2017.

The idea was first introduced last year that the geography teacher, Mrs. Weston, will volunteer to take a group of students across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Emerald Isle. For 9 days, the students will explore the highlights of Ireland, and learn about the culture of the country. The goal is to give the students an opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience before many of them graduate.

“Anytime you get to travel, it is just an eye opening experience to see other places, taste other foods, and see other cultures,” Weston said. “Just really get to step back and look at their history.”

Weston is famous for telling her travel stories to her classes. She has traveled across the world, and is avidly looking for new adventures all the time.

“I have never been to Ireland,” Weston said. “It’s just always intrigued me.”

Ever since her childhood, Weston has always wanted to visit Ireland. The trip will be a new experience for both her and the students.

“For me as a geography teacher, you bring back such great, anecdotal stories that you could never get out of a book,” Weston said. “I think it just makes it seem more real to the students.”

Weston uses her trips as a way to teach students in a more realistic way than just reading out of a textbook. By doing this, she is able to essentially make geography come alive in the classroom.

“I feel honored that parents would trust me with their children,” Weston said. “I want this to be a great experience for them.”

Everything involving the trip has been carefully planned out to avoid any imaginable conflict. Delays, meals, transportation, accommodations, guides, and even the location of the trip is planned out ahead of time.

“I felt like it was safe,” Weston said. “With so much terrorism in the world, and so many places I don’t want to go to because of the possibility of running into trouble, I thought Ireland is pretty safe.”

If the trip goes as planned, Weston has already considered the idea of taking students on another trip after this one. She wants to experience new cultures and places with her students by her side.

“I wanted to include as many kids as I could in a wonderful experience,” Weston said. “I want this to be the trip of a lifetime.”

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