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CHS students travel to Spain

Posted: April 26, 2018 5:03 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Among the stops the group made while in Spain was this café in Barcelona. The students also visited Madrid, Toledo and Zaragoza. Sitting at the table are (clockwise from bottom left) S’bria Steele, Thalie Dixon, Grace McGugan and Davia Stuckey.

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Tiffany Fields may teach French at Camden High School (CHS), but she recently traveled with 16 Spanish III Honors students -- all of whom just happen to be girls -- to Spain during spring break at the end of March. What follows, in her own words, is Field’s description of the experience and what she hopes the students gained from it. (It has been edited for clarity and to conform to journalistic style.)

As I watch all the students arrive at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Easter Sunday to leave for Spain, I recall a quote that I hold dear to my heart by Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

As the French teacher of Camden High School for the last nine years, this is my device by which I teach by, encourage by, and live by. To watch students explore the world around them, dream of traveling to foreign countries, and discover who they are meant to be is what learning is all about.

Sixteen Spanish III Honors students traveled to Barcelona, Zaragoza, Toledo and Madrid for eight days of spring break. There, they explored 500-year-old cathedrals; saw architecture left by the Romans, royal palaces, the beach, and mountains; visited a sword factory in Toledo; learn to flamenco dance; and ate many Spanish delicacies. They learned how to navigate public navigation, and put their Spanish language and acquisition to the test by ordering food, taxis when needed, and purchasing gifts and souvenirs.

As a teacher, I have watched how traveling abroad has opened my students’ minds on how the world is very different from their own. I’ve watched them grow an appreciation for their own small town and begin to realize makes their town so special. Traveling has a way of helping one to discover who they are and what they can do to help give back to the world. As teachers, administrators and staff continue to encourage our students to be global thinkers, to build up future leaders who don’t mind taking chances, and living life beyond the norm, it is my hope that as we build our educational foreign program, students, parents and the community will see the impact that we are making on our students.

Next year, we currently have two groups traveling abroad to Costa Rica for a Spanish-filled adventure as well as a group traveling to Europe for an in-depth look at art history and its influence on art today.

I couldn’t be more proud of being part of the best ol’ high school anywhere and, as the Spanish say when things are going great … olé!

(Fields said she also plans on taking a trip with French students to visit London, Paris, Florence and Rome.)

--compiled by Martin L. Cahn

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