Mrs. Sarah McDaniel took the Clear Fork High School French club on a trip to France this summer, including a stop in Ambroise near the castle where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years.

 Clear Fork High School has always presented its students with opportunities to learn outside the classroom in the form of field trips to museums, plays, special events, industrial complexes, and conventions.  Less-talked about opportunities are those presented by several of our clubs that travel abroad. Currently, two groups have made the jump across the border with a third group joining the ranks this summer.

French and Spanish Club in recent years have traveled to other countries, with French club being the most recent with their trip to France. Mrs. Sandra McDaniel is the French Teacher  and in past years has led and organized opportunities for students to travel to Quebec, Canada in 2008, New York City in 2009, Northern France in 2011, and a Grand Tour of France this past summer. Mrs. McDaniel states that  “It’s a great opportunity for students to communicate in the target language (French), to gain knowledge, understanding appreciation of the other cultures….”.  her goal is to have an opportunity every two to three years for students to travel. The number of students taking advantage of this opportunity has varied from 5 to 45, with cost being the biggest deterrent. Highlights of this past summer’s trip included a stop in Ambroise, France near the castle where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years.

Spanish Club, led by Spanish Teacher, Mrs. Jamie Chamberlain, has taken trips to Costa Rica in 2010 and 2012.  She appreciates the opportunity for students to experience the culture first hand as they get to try their language skills in real life settings. Students also become acquainted with passport procedures, international flight security check points, customs forms and other forms of security. Students are usually quite surprised stringent USA airport security is compared to other countries. The group size has varied from 8 to 12 students.

Mr. Brian Kinnard, Social Studies teacher, has possibly the most ambitious trip planned yet for this upcoming summer. In conjunction with the History Club, Mr. Kinnard has planned a 15-day European Tour starting in Great Britain, followed by a ride into Paris, working their way to Central Swiss Alps before spending a few days in Italy. Key points of learning include: St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Stonehenge, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Parisian Latin Quarter, the Duomo, the Basilica of St. Francis, the Coliseum, and a tour of Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel. Currently 12 students are signed up with room for more.  Students may also earn college credit by completing a portfolio of the trip. Mr. Kinnard is looking forward to the anticipated cultural exchange.

If you would like further information on any of the mentioned trips please contact Clear Fork High School at 419 886-2601.

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