Ninety One School students explore Southern Oregon
For their "School on Wheels" field trip, all 100 of Ninety-One's seventh and eighth students, five staff members and 28 parent volunteers boarded luxury coaches and headed off for Southern Oregon at the end of May.
Staff and students had been learning and fundraising all school-year long in preparation for the trip. In total, they raised $28,000 through fundraising, grants and business donations, which was enough to pay for the entire trip for all participants.
"This blessing comes from a dedicated team of teachers, a supportive administration and parent community that helped make this trip happen," said Ninety-One English teacher and trip coordinator Lynda Robert.
The attendees travelled on the luxury coaches throughout the trip, and they spent their nights sleeping on the floors of local school gymnasiums.
During the trip, students toured the Oregon State University Campus, went on a jet boat ride on the Rogue River, toured the Oregon Caves and the Harry and David's Factory, and attended a Shakespeare play.
"The best part of the trip is seeing students get excited about learning first-hand," Robert said. "Students who might not normally think they will have the opportunity to go to college hear from OSU that there are scholarships and paths for them to take, and maybe that will be the spark that ignites them to set goals and thrive in high school."
Robert added, "There is also just a great amount of joy in watching the students build community while hiking, exploring caves, boating, watching a Shakespeare play, or simply eating a buffet. Not every student will have these experiences outside of this experience."
Attending the play "Othello" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland was a big hit with the kids.
"I was on the edge of my seat the whole time," said seventh-grader Emma Boit.
The play was particularly special since the Ninety-One students had already read it for class.
"The play was cool to watch even though it was a tragedy," said seventh grade student Ben Young. "It was cool to see the play we read come to life and be acted out in front of you."
The one-of-a-kind trip is sure to leave a lasting impression in the minds of all students who attended.