Delia stu­dents set for Euro­pean tour

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

High School stu­dents from Delia School are on their way to Europe to learn more about the sac­ri­fices that Cana­di­ans made in wartime.

The tour called “Canada and the World Wars” will touch on five coun­tries in 10 days. Delia School So­cial Stud­ies teacher Ellen Van­derkolk ex­plains the tour starts in Ber­lin, and then they will take the train to the Nether­lands (Am­s­ter­dam), then Bel­gium ( Ypres), France ( Vimy, Nor­mandy and Paris/Ver­sailles) be­fore head­ing to Eng­land (Lon­don).

“This is my 5th trip tak­ing stu­dents to Europe. We have been ar­rang­ing a trip ev­ery 2 years, to al­low stu­dents more time to work and fundraise to pay for their tick­ets,” she ex­plains

This year’s con­tin­gent in­cludes eight stu­dents from Grade 10-12 and seven adults. The trip re­flects the stu­dents’ cur­ricu­lum.

“Ev­ery day re­flects High School So­cial Stud­ies cur­ricu­lum, such as a visit to the Sach­sen­hausen Con­cen­tra­tion Camp, the Ber­lin Wall, a Cold War Panel Dis­cus­sion, vis­it­ing Anne Frank’s House, Mu­se­ums and Memo­ri­als at Ypres and Nor­mandy ( Juno Beach), War memo­ri­als and Cana­dian ceme­ter­ies, Vimy Ridge & WWI trenches, the Last Post Cer­e­mony at the Menin Gate ( Ypres), Paris and Ver­sailles, Canada House and Churchill’s War Rooms in Lon­don,” she said.

The stu­dents are de­part­ing on April 12 and re­turn­ing on April 23. While they will not be at­tend­ing the of­fi­cial 100th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at Vimy Ridge, they did plan the tour to co­in­cide with the cen­ten­nial. By hav­ing the trip not cross over with the cel­e­bra­tions will al­low them to pos­si­bly avoid some of the crowds and also tour sites such as the World War 1 trenches that may be closed dur­ing the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions.

To get there, the stu­dents have been work­ing hard to raise the funds to make the trip pos­si­ble. This in­cludes a num­ber of fundrais­ing events in­clud­ing hot lunches through the school, bot­tle drives, stu­dent auc­tions and even a com­edy evening.

“We are grate­ful for the com­mu­nity sup­port,” said Van­derkolk.

Beyond the cur­ricu­lum, the trip of­fers the stu­dents many learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties

“Travel abroad changes stu­dents’ lives,” she said. “They leave ner­vous and come back in­spired, coura­geous and ready to travel again. By vis­it­ing other coun­tries, stu­dents catch a glimpse of life in other coun­tries -- mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and view­points as well as gain­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what we have here in Canada.”


Delia stu­dents are set to em­bark on a Tour of Europe, touch­ing down in five coun­tries in 10 days.

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