Spend Spring Break the Central Way

Central High School offers many wonderful learning opportunities for its students. These not only include an amazing arts and language program, but, through these programs, overseas trips. Students are able to experience new cultures and use the tools given to them in the classroom and apply them to the real world. They bond with fellow students and get to make memories that will last a lifetime!

During spring break of 2020, the Spanish classes will be traveling to Costa Rica. Spanish students will start off their trip in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where they will visit historic sites such as the Mercado de Artesania. They will also visit the University of Illinois’ study abroad location, San Joaquin de Flores. And from San Jose, students will travel north to La Fortuna, where they will get to swim at La Paz Waterfall. Other cities that the students will visit include Dominical and Jaco. 

Traveling overseas can be very costly and the Spanish program wants to have as many students get to experience the trip as possible; they offer a fundraiser page for anyone interested in attending the trip. They also have fundraisers held at local restaurants like Portillos, El Toro and Panera. So, even if you’re not interested in attending you can still help out those who do by donating. 

When visiting a foreign country it serves you well to be conscious of things like diseases, which can be prevented by vaccination, travel safety and insurance, and passports and visas. For more information about this or anything regarding the trip to Costa Rica this spring break, contact Señora Thompson or Señora Garbe-Coy. 

During summer of 2021, the art program will be taking a nine day trip to Italy where they will stay and visit the cities of Sorrento, Rome, Lecce and Capri. The trip is open to any student or teacher at Central who is interested in going; you do not have to be a part of any art class or club to attend. 

Students will get to experience museums and other historical and culturally important places like the medieval city of Oranto, the Rome Colosseum, and many more. Students will not only get to see important cultural places but also get to experience the culture first hand when they go to a mozzarella farm and learn how it is made.They will have freedom to explore the cities they stay in and have free days at the beach. Like the Spanish program, the Art program holds fundraisers to make the trip more accessible and affordable. Join them for a night of painting and pizza or a car wash to raise money. 

When asked why students should consider going Ms. Rodgers, an art teacher at Central who will be chaperoning the trip, said “It’s a great experience, it looks great on resumes… and it gives you confidence”. If you were hesitant about going, you definitely should definitely consider going and experiencing everything Italy has to offer. For more information about the trip contact Ms. Rodgers.  

This Spring Break 2020, the French program with ACIS Travel Company is offering a trip to France. It is open to any Central students/staff and others in the Champaign-Urbana of the community wanting to experience a french spring break. From March 13th to 22nd, students will visit the cities of Paris, Monaco, Provence, Trouville, and many more! Students will be immersed into French culture by visiting historical places such as the Palace of Versailles and the Château du Clos Lucé. And while students will get to visit renowned sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, they will also visit outside of France: in Normandy, students visit Omaha Beach where the infamous WWII battle of D-Day occurred. 

Madam Schrader loves taking students to Normandy beaches because, “It’s very moving, when you’re there you’re on American soil… as a teacher I like seeing their faces light up when they get to see all these things in person.” Students will also get to ride the TGV, France’s high-speed train system, one of the fastest in Europe. 

The trip will be lead by Central’s french teacher Madam Schrader, this upcoming trip will be her fifth trip to France with Central students, she has been to France a total of nine times. Madam Schrader says, “For me, I always have to take myself and learn something each time I go. You go to the same sights over and over so I always try to make it an experience for myself to learn something new.” 

While registration for this year’s trip to France is closed, there will be future trips these upcoming years so don’t fret! Contact Madam Schrader for more information and a full itinerary on the 2020 France trip.

SOPHIA WITOLA also contributed to this report

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