In efforts to give students more appreciation of other cultures, the Kyrene School District recently sent 30 students and parents to Europe through its Educational Travel Program.

The Europe trip has been part of Kyrene for the past three years and allows students and parents to explore three cities in Europe.

During this year’s 10-day trip, students and parents were given the opportunity to visit London, Paris and Madrid.

Christy Combs, the trip’s group leader, said it was a chance for students to immerse themselves in different cultures around the world.

“We had a lot of fun, but it’s very educational,” she said.

Students and parents visited several attractions such as burial sites, memorial sites and cathedrals.

“We got all the history behind the different places we visited,” Combs said.

Combs said there were informational meetings prior to the trip so parents and students could meet each other.

“I went over the trip and everything that was included,” Combs said. “I made sure that they get to know each other and they were comfortable with everybody before we left.”

The trip focused on education by teaching students history of the cities they visited, and it also had a certified tour guide for each city, Combs said.

“We did a bus and walking tour for each city we visited for an entire day,” she said. “I think the students get a larger view of the world, and to see what’s all out there. They also learn from the different cultures.”

Sevanna Hanson, an eighth-grader from Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, said the Europe trip was an amazing experience.

“In each place, we explored different museums, churches and castles,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to travel the world and learn more about the history of the world.”

Hanson’s mother, Stephanie, said the program offered a chance for them to travel out of the country.

“It was just an awesome experience,” Stephanie said.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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