Keene Central School Spanish students spent 12 days in Spain during summer vacation.
Ten students from Keene Central School were able to see the culmination of a two-year fundraising effort when they spent 12 days in Spain.
The students, led by Peg Wilson, traveled from JFK Airport June 27 and arrived in Madrid the following day. The students then visited sites in Madrid before traveling to Salamanca to stay with host families for seven days. The group also visited Avila before returning to Madrid and flying home July 8.
“This was the school’s third trip to Spain but the first one completely organized and conducted by the two Spanish teachers,” Wilson said. “Sarah Tremblay (Spanish teacher grades 7-12) and I (elementary Spanish teacher) agreed that this trip was highly successful and would do it again in a heart beat.”
Wilson said the students raised funds for the trip in various ways.
“Besides bake sales and flower bulb sales, each student contributed a portion of the cost,” she said. “In addition, the group received support from the High Peaks Education Foundation, the Cadahemark Foundation, the Medtronics Foundation, the Adirondack Community Trust and the Keene Central Parent Teacher Committee and moral support from the Board of Education.”
Through the trip, Wilson said the students were expected to use what they had learned in the classroom.
“They were expected to speak with their two teachers in Spanish throughout the trip,” she said. “A sincere effort was made to abide by this rule.’”
In Madrid, the group visited the Prado Museum, El Retiro Park, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Santa Ana and the Royal Palace.
While in Salamanca, they took Spanish classes at an accredited school called Enforex and made friends with fellow students from all over the world. They also took salsa dance classes and stayed with Spanish host families along with visiting many historical sites in the old city, which was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
In Avila, the group was able to see complete and prominent medieval walls surrounding the old city, built in the Romanesque style.
“It was a great experience all around,” said Justin Haverlick, a 2013-14 sophomore at Keene. “It was everything I was hoping and more. I was able to enhance my knowledge of the Spanish language at the Enforex language school we attended for five days and experience some of the customs of the Spanish culture. For the kids attending Keene Central School who are eligible to apply to this trip, I highly recommend that you apply because it is a unique experience that you might only get once in your lifetime.”