Sarah Woodfin said the days spent prepping and cooking was totally rewarding. About a month ago, she reached out to Teresa Wingo about setting up a day to be able to cook and meet up with her with Madison and Mary (GCS students) to feed the homeless. The girls are at the age they need to learn that not everyone is as fortunate as they are and that people, no matter what their status, are thankful for a hot free meal and a smiling face. Madison and Mary were so open and loving to everyone they met and it made me so happy knowing that they are accepting, loving, have caring hearts and are so giving. Teresa Wingo has the most caring, loving servant heart I have ever seen in someone and our homeless are truly blessed to have her around.
Our 7th graders left dark and early on Friday, October 5, to travel to Ridgecrest Conference Center to enjoy laser tag, rec center activities, zip line, and a tree ropes course. Students worked with buddies to navigate the ropes course and attempt to learn a new skill. It was so encouraging to see these young people support and encourage each other throughout the course as they met some tough course challenges. The 8th grade travels to Ridgecrest on Friday, October 19.
Over Fall Break, October 11-13, the International students went to Myrtle Beach, SC. After the rain of Hurricane Michael passed, they enjoyed the Carolina Blue sky and felt the sand between their toes. For some, this was a first experience with the ocean or a beach. For many, it was a first experience with a Carolina beach.
The group had dinner at PF Chang’s and lunch American-style at Hard Rock Café. A highlight of the trip was the Pirates’ Voyage Dinner Show. It was entertaining and the students enjoyed the food.
On the way home, the group stopped for a short visit at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. USC has the top International Business program in the United States. The students walked around campus and ate lunch at one of the dining halls.
The purpose of the fall and spring break trips for our International students is to give them more than just an academic experience. When it comes time for them to apply to colleges, they need experiences to draw upon and write about. The trips provide an opportunity for camaraderie, as well as cultural experiences.