The F-S Travel Club has many trips planned for 2020 and 2021. In the summer of 2020, the travel club is traveling to Central Europe, Germany, the Check Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland. In the spring of 2021, they are traveling to Belize and in the summer of 2021, they are traveling to Ireland, Scotland, and the UK.
"When I get to go to places that I have taught about, and my students get to see the places they have learned about and make connections, it becomes more real. I get to see the expansion of their mind and watch them grow from the beginning of the trip to the end of the trip, that is probably the best part," said Mr. Smyth.
Allie Meador is the head of the travel club, as well as an FSHS teacher. Meador works alongside Joseph Smyth and Amanda Bills to organize and prepare for these trips, taking not only Franklin-Simpson students but also community members.
"All the hours put into preparing for these trips is worth the student's smiles," Meador said.
The club prepares for their trips by fundraising and by talking about the trips to create a family-like atmosphere, as told by Meador. To help students raise money for their trips, travel club members fundraise by working concessions at Nissan Stadium, they participate in spirit night at local restaurants, and they sell Franklin Simpson hats, Yankee candles, and candy bars. There is also an EF Global Citizen Travel Scholarship that students may apply for.
"Mrs. Meador crashing a wedding photoshoot in Naples to take selfies with the bride and groom," said Lily Brown, an FSHS junior and travel club member, when asked what her favorite memory of travel club was.
The travel club allows FSHS students and community members to experience the history, culture and food of other countries.
"Seeing the different cultures is the best part. I have been to four countries, Australia, New Zealand, Paris, and Barcelona, they are all different. I enjoy the culture, the different food, and interacting with the students and watching them get in tune with the different cultures," said Mrs. Bills.
Traveling opens up a student's minds to different ideas and opinions.
"The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page." -- St. Augustine.