LOOGOOTEE – How did you spend your summer vacation?
For a dozen Loogootee High School students, the summer included a “castles & castanets” tour of France and Spain.
During Tuesday night’s Loogootee School Board meeting, the European trip was discussed by LHS Spanish teacher Ronetta Bough and LHS French teacher Rhiannon Graves.
Bough provided the board members with a picture-filled newsletter describing the trip, which occurred May 31 to June 9. The Loogootee students, from the Spanish and French clubs, who traveled to Europe were: Ashley Lindauer, Allison Lythgoe, Gabe Nolley, Elizabeth Sander, Tayler Smith, Tyler Spears, Ken Waggoner, Michael Waggoner, Hannah Walters, Matthew Weitkamp and Malorie Weisheit.
Besides Bough and Graves, Ken Macy and Randy Bough were also adult chaperones.
The Loogootee students were joined on the trip by 25 students and five adults from Stony Brook School of Long Island, N.Y.
According to the newsletter, while in France the students visited the Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. The students learned more about the French Revolution, as well as other important historical events and people.
The trip from Paris to Madrid was by overnight train. In Spain, the group toured Madrid and visited Prado Museum. The students also visited a cooking school, where they learned to prepare several typical Spanish dishes, such as paella and la tortilla de patatas.
While in Spain, the students also visited the cities of Segovia, Sevilla and Toledo.
Later in the meeting, the board approved a global exchange program idea suggested by Bough. She has developed a relationship with a teacher from a school in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden, which is about the same size as Loogootee.
Bough said several Swedish teachers will visit Loogootee schools Oct. 23-30, while several Loogootee teachers will visit in Sweden from March 27 to April 4, 2014.