TICONDEROGA-A month after hosting a group of Ticonderoga students in Hawaii, a contingent from a Honolulu middle school has visited the North Country.
Students from Dole Middle School were in Ticonderoga March 16 and 17 before visiting Willsboro March 18 and Lake Placid March 19. The trip, like the Ticonderoga visit to Hawaii, is through the College For Every Student program.
Bruce Tubbs, Ticonderoga Middle School principal, said his students were looking forward to returning the hospitality shown them during their visit to Hawaii in February. That's when students Rachel Bennett, Kolby Bradford, Claire Burns, Lillith Ida and Dale Quesnel visited Dole Middle School and other sites with teacher Heather York and Tubbs.
"We had an amazing experience in Hawaii with visits to two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, plus three college visits including a CFES Hawaiian School Cultural Immersion Day at Chaminade," Tubbs said. "Our trip also included a visit the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, we watched the Hawaii state boys soccer championship, visited the Dole Plantation and the kids were able to do some surf fishing and caught fresh fish for dinner. We saw Chinatown's open air markets and took a drive by Waikiki Beach. One of our visits to Pu'ohala Elementary School included a visit to their local fish pond where they are working on restoring so the cycle of sustainability could continue by growing fish.
"The college connection element of our trip was excellent as we were staying on UH (University of Hawaii) Manoa campus, visited Chaminade and Windward Community College," he added. "This included campus tours, visiting classrooms and talking to professors. The students were very impressed with it all."
Ticonderoga's Hawaiian adventure was been six years in the making, Tubbs explained. That's when a group of Hawaiian educators attended a CFES conference in Bolton Landing and developed a relationship with their Ticonderoga counterparts.