PSJHS art teacher exposes students to a city of culture

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:39 AM.

After deciding on the next destination, each student had to apply for the trip and needed to acquire teacher recommendations. It took more than a year of planning and fundraising to make the impending adventure a reality.

Throughout the year, students participated in fundraisers that included donut sales, fish fries and selling school-themed merchandise. Since each student had to raise $1,700 for the trip, some even got their first jobs in order to help pay a price tag that would cover all accommodations, entertainment and travel.

Hodges said the experience gave students the opportunity to set a goal and then work hard to attain it. While some students are passionate about art and others simply wanted to travel. Hodges noted that most of them are completely terrified and excited about what’s coming.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime,” said Hodges. “There’s so much diversity in New York and it has the largest concentration of museums in the United States.

“It’s something that most of them have only seen in the movies.”

Students will be treated to a walking tour of Manhattan, a trip to the Empire State Building observatory, the 9/11 memorial, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Central Park and a showing of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

For a strong dose of culture, students will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

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