We have grad this week and yesterday I read the answer to a question, "What was the high point of your school years?" The answer was the trip to Vancouver. What a warm fuzzy. Thank you again to everyone that helped make that happen.
That was 3 years ago and I've not done another trip. It was pretty challenging for me. I'm not used to having teens for 2 weeks straight 24/7. I am however considering it again for next year. I'm going to start the school year getting students involved in fund raising, but it is slow and tons of work, and most of that work is organising students. You can almost do some of things by yourself and it does not take any more time and is less frustrating.
Here is something else that is really cool, we have 3 graduates that will be enrolled in programs in Vancouver this year, and 2 others elsewhere. Two of these 5 are former graduates. It really is a massive transition for our students to go from a community of only 600 people, where they know everyone, to a place where they don't know anyone. I've gone through the process where you help students to get all of their applications for programs and funding and then they just do not go. So, getting students out there and some exposure to this kind of thing is huge.
Anyways, I just wanted to thank the people that helped again because this was a high point for these students and will be a lifetime treasured experience.