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Steamboat Springs students will embark on educational tour of Greece and Rome

Emma Nelson/For Steamboat Today

A group of 18 Steamboat Springs middle schoolers enjoyed sightseeing in Assisi during a trip abroad in February 2015, which took them to Rome, Florence and Venice.

— A group of Steamboat Springs seventh and eighth graders will embark on a nine-day educational expedition to Italy and Greece during spring break 2017.

The group of students will be led by Steamboat Springs sixth grade special education teacher Jessica Reagon in partnership with Worldstrides, a professional tour group that offers students the opportunity to receive high school credit for their trip.

The adventure, scheduled for April 21 to 29, 2017, will give Steamboat Springs middle schoolers the chance to visit sites that further their knowledge about the ancient civilizations of Rome and Greece, which are focal points of the seventh grade history curriculum.

The trip is not affiliated with the Steamboat Springs School District, but the objective is to connect students with the events and places they learn about in their seventh grade history class.

"It's things that would happen in a classroom but you really get to engage with where you are," said Reagon. "Greece and Rome have been traveled to because it attaches to our curriculum, so it's easy to gauge interest among the students."

The group will spend their first day abroad in Pompeii, a city buried by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., before making their way to Rome where they will enjoy a tour of the ancient city's famous architecture. Then on their fifth day, students will be view the works of famous artists like Michelangelo in the Vatican City.

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During the final four days of their trip, students will tour the city of Athens with a local guide to see the Theater of Dionysos and The Agora, among other historical Greek monuments. Their final stop before departing home is a trip to the Greek coast of Corinth to see the archaeological site of Mycenae.

The expedition will consist of more than just sight-seeing, though. On their trip, students will interact with and explore the history and culture of the ancient cities from a perspective not provided by traditional travel.

"One thing I learned on my trip was that the world is filled with so many different people and places and it's so big and there's so much to learn," said Steamboat Springs High School student Gretchen Jacobs, who participated in a similar trip to Italy in February 2015.

During that trip, also sponsored by Worldstrides, 18 middle schoolers from Steamboat traveled abroad to see the sights in Rome, Florence and Venice.