Tigers travel to Ireland, Scotland

TYE CHANDLER sports@theglenrosereporter.com
Glen Rose High sophomores and juniors head to Ireland and Scotland over spring break to expand their horizons. Tigers pictured are (front row, l-r) Katy Davis, Molly Burns, Devan Elliott, Kelsey Elliott, Jadon Morris, Weston Gosdin, (back row, l-r) J.T. Laramore, Jonathan Hang, Garet Vaughn, Joel Sims, Zac Simpson, Jarren Noe and Matt Willis. Kaley Shaw and Mallory Daniels are also on the trip.

A lot of Glen Rose High School students will head out of town over spring break, but 16 of them will be a bit farther away than the rest.

AP Social Studies teacher Kivett Gresham and four other adults are traveling with the students to Ireland and then Scotland. The students, who must be either sophomores or juniors, left Glen Rose on March 4 and will return on March 12.

"We'll go to Dublin and Belfast in Ireland, as well as Edinburgh in Scotland," Gresham said. "It was my idea for this trip to generate interest in our advanced social studies classes. The students in those classes were eligible to go on the trip if they chose to do so."

While this year's trip is of an educational nature, it will be even more so next year.

"It's an educational trip," Gresham said. "We're going to some museums, a cathedral and a castle, among other things. Next year's trip will be much more so geared toward education. The kids will come home from the trip with work to complete to get college credit."

Gresham said the students chose this area of the world because they told him Glen Rose has a tie to Scotland. While this trip can't be classified as affordable, Gresham hopes future ventures will improve in that regard.

"This trip cost $2,300, but what we're hoping to do in the future is go with a different (travel) company that also offers college credit and financial aid opportunities," he said. "We also hope to build up a fund that helps students in financial need."

Students will literally get a taste of Ireland and Scotland.

"The trip provides breakfast and dinner each day of local cuisine," Gresham said. "Then, the kids are free to explore on their own at lunch."

Staying one step ahead, Gresham had already begun planning for the 2016 trip before this crew had even left Glen Rose.

"Next year, we're going to London and Paris to tie in with our new Advanced European History class," he said. "We will cover locations in class that we will also visit."

The Reporter will follow up with Gresham about the trip upon the Glen Rose group's return.