Saugeen District Secondary students leave on history trip to Europe
by Sandy Lindsay
March 13, 2016
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Fourteen Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) students are off to Europe on a 10-day history tour.
They boarded a bus on Thursday, March 11th, and were off to Toronto Pierson Airport to catch their plane to Zurich, Switzerland. There they will have a layover and then it's on to Milan and Rome, Italy.
While in Italy, the group will see most of the historic sites, such as the Leaning Tower of Pizza, the Coliseum and others but, they will also be visiting the Cassino War Cemetery.
Each student has researched a fallen Canadian soldier and has written a biography which they will leave at the graveside of the soldier.
Student, Logan Grahame, researched Robert Adaire and said that it was very difficult to find information about him. "Although he was listed locally in Bruce County as he was friends with Peter McGrory, he was actually from London," said Grahame.
Grahame then visited her grandmother who grew up in Chesley and talked about what she was doing and her upcoming trip. Her grandmother told her that she didn't know Adaire but as a young girl had babysat Peter McGrory's brother. "It's like six degrees of separation," says Grahame.
A stack of luggage and Logan Grahame (R) ... all set to go
Teacher Erin O'Sullivan looking like one of the students
Teacher Erin O'Sullivan had previously taken a group of students to participate in the D-Day and Vimy Ridge anniversary in 2014 in France.
"By the time they have researched their fallen soldiers," says O'Sullivan, "the students are anxious to go and see where they now are. It is a life-altering experience for most of them."
Principal Melissa McEwan (L) talks with chaperone, retired teacher Mary Card
From Italy, the group will travel to Greece to explore the rich history of the Greek civilizations and the architecturally classically rich country that has influenced language, educational systems, philosophy and art found in the western world today.
"We have to thank the Royal Canadian Legions in Port Elgin, Southampton and Paisley," added O'Sullivan. "They each gave us $500 to cover the cost of the bus which has gone up considerably since 2014."
After they return, the students will work on a presentation that they will give at each of the Legions. (To see 2014 presentation, Click Here)
Clive and Mary Card
Clive Card is last to board
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