Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, June 4, 2015
YIAΣΣΑΣ (hello in Greek) from Greece!
On June 4th, 2015, a group of Eudora Kean Dynamic Rays students (De’Shawn Benjamin 9th, Aziza Georges 9th, Vincent Huggins 9th, Keanno Parris 11th), parents (Nanyamka Farrelly, Terra Henry, Therese Huggins) and a teacher (Monika Emeran) along with one Addelita Cancryn student (Agathe Emeran) took to the skies and landed in Greece for a nine day adventure.
For nine days, the Kean group along with the others from Brandon and Flowood, Mississippi, from Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and a guide explored the Acropolis, the temples of Zeus, Athena Nike, Apollo, Poseidon, the theater of Epidaurus, the archeological sites of Mycenea and Olympia, and the museums of Acropolis, Delphi and Olympia. The groups visited many other places in the Peloponnese part of Greece (Corinth canal) and went on a 3 island (Hydra, Pyros, Aegina) one day cruise.
Dynamic Rays showed their spirit as they participated in various cultural and educational activities such as traditional Greek dances, quizzes in Delphi and Olympia museums, and a Greek pottery workshop. Among of the Rays, Keanno Parris, an IEKHS volleyball player, won a 200 meter sprint race on the site of the first Olympic Games. An olive tree wreath which was previously prepared by the guide, was placed on the winner’s head reenacting the official award ceremony as it was held in the 5th century B.C. Rays continued to show their international flare and love of adventure when they savored authentic Greek cuisine and delighted in the new taste experiences from simple fruits and vegetables to more complex Greek meals.
This open classroom experience provided a unique opportunity for everyone to better appreciate ancient Greek history where the artifacts quicken knowledge.
The trip to Greece was organized by IEKHS French/Voyage Club and directed by Monika Emeran, French teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. The Club would like to thank everyone in the community who contributed to the group’s fundraising efforts. It always helps us extend our educational mission beyond our shores and opens doors for students to learn from experience. Thank you again for your generosity and your support!