At the start of the fourth quarter of the 2009-2010 school year my family and I embarked on an 80-day road trip across the United States. I learned more while touring the country than I have in over twelve years of sitting in a classroom.
I got to walk through Arlington National Cemetery and see first hand how many people have sacrificed their lives for my social, political and religious freedoms. I stared up at the Lincoln memorial; pondering the solid foundation this man gave our country so many years ago. I was able to scale the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in awe of the beautiful complexity of nature. As the journey stretched my family and me from the south of Texas to the sight of Lady Liberty, I was exposed to many different types of people.
Because of all these experiences I can say with confidence that this trip was not merely a vacation, but an educational adventure.
I would like to encourage teachers to get their students out of the classroom as often as they can. The lessons students like myself glean from stepping outside the four walls of the classroom are irreplaceable. Although not everyone can afford to travel around the country in 80 days, there is exciting and valuable knowledge to be explored right here on the Kenai Peninsula.
Kelsie Leaf, Kenai
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