2008-09-05 / Letters

Scholars' Academy And Channel View Collaborate

Dear Editor,

This summer I had the privilege to attend a class in Irish Literature, and traveled to Ireland to learn even more about the culture. It was an amazing experience, and I learned so much.

The main theme of the trip was to learn about Celtic history. I noticed many common factors shared by both Ireland's history and America's history. For example, we were both ruled by England, and we both revolted to free ourselves from English rule. Traveling to Ireland and being able to actually see the places we read about such as castles, Kilmainham Gaol, an Irish prison, The Blarney Stone and the magnificent scenic countryside brought our class experience to life!

On this trip I also had the opportunity to work with Dr. Cashin, fellow students from Scholars' Academy and students from Channel View. It was really great getting to know Dr. Cashin. Her vast knowledge and enthusiasm made the trip even more enjoyable. Meeting different students from Channel View was also fun. Traveling with my principal Mr. O'Connell also added to the uniqueness of our experience. Administrators, teachers and Letters

students all together on a trip brought exciting new perspectives to our experience.

This trip was a wonderful experience for me; I learned so much and discovered that there are many similarities shared by the different countries and cultures of our world.

XANDER McDONALD-SMITH

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