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South choir's international trip gets board approval

October 24, 2013
As it has biennially the past 15 years, Grosse Pointe South High School’s choir program has organized an international field trip during midwinter break in February, this time to London, England, and Paris, France.

At both places, students will have opportunities to perform at European arenas, attend concert choir and show choir performances and visit historical landmarks and museums, such as the Musee du Louvre in France which houses Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.

“There’s a schedule of activities that help expand, from a co-curricular standpoint, the activities that they would do to embrace performing arts while there,” district superintendent Tom Harwood said Monday at the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education regular meeting.

Per board policy 2340, board approval is required for any district-sponsored trips taking students anywhere outside of the country, except to Canada. The board approved the travel request 6-0, with vice president Dan Roeske absent due to work conflicts.

“It looks great,” said Judy Gafa, board treasurer. “My daughter went to Paris with her French class and she had a great time. I hope that we can get a lot of kids. I know it’s a little pricey.”

Total cost of the trip is $2,750 per student and includes travel and hotel accommodations. Currently, South director of choirs Christopher Pratt said, more than half the choir department is expected to attend.

“It is...and has been for the last 15 years completely voluntary,” Pratt said. “However, our booster organization, that’s run by Mr. (Chip) Stieber and his wife, have done a really great job of setting up a number of different and ongoing fundraising activities that will allocate into their escrow account.

“Students have already begun fundraising and continue to do so up until their last payment is due at the end of December.”

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