A group of 15 students and two chaperones from Centralia High School have returned from a tour of Italy and Greece in July. The trip was not an “official” high school event, but was organized by Joey Tivnan, a math teacher at CHS. The group left Centralia on July 6th and returned on the 15th. They visited Rome, Florence, and Delphi, and Athens. The group also toured Vatican City.
Students were invited to be a part of the group by recomendations to Tivnan from fellow teachers. “We invited students who we believed would best represent our school and who would benefit the most from the experience,”
Tivnan said. Few of the participating students had ever left the United States.
Tivnan believes that experiencing cultures in other countries helps broaden worldviews for students. “They realize how much there is out there the world,” he said. “It creates a cultural change of perspective and it makes them want to keep going out and experiencing new things.” Tivnan hopes to lean more trips abroad in the future. “It’s expensive. We’ll have to do some fundraising, but it’s worth it,” he said.