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Trip to Germany ensures fun

German and Spanish Club members are: Katie Slindee, Erin Haws, Derek Martin, Rose Wirkus, Katie Haws and Kari Slindee. Not pictured but participating on the trip are: Chris O'Reilly, JoAnn O'Reilly, Andrea and David Martin and Andra Vaughn.

When was the last time you ate croissants under the Eiffel Tower, or have walked the warm streets of Madrid on a summer day? How often do you visit historical German palaces? Probably not often so this makes the German and Spanish students' tour of Western Europe very special.

June 14-27, German and Spanish students at Blackduck High School are going to take a tour of Europe. Lead by experienced German teacher (33 years of knowing German), Mrs. Slindee, German and Spanish students will learn more about the countries they studied in class.

The students that will be going on this trip are Katie Slindee, Erin Haws, Derek Martin, Chris O'Reilly and Rose Wirkus. The chaperones will be Kari Slindee, Andra Vaughn, Katie Haws, Andrea and David Martin and JoAnn O'Reilly. They plan to visit Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Munich, Germany; Reutte, Austria; Rothenburg, Germany; and Ruedesheim, Germany all in two weeks.

During this time, they will visit various site like the Eiffel Tower as well as historical sites like castles, palaces and the Dachau concentration camp. To get a taste of the culture, students will eat at local restaurants and attend art museums. Their means of travel will be planes, coaches and night trains.

This is not the first time that Blackduck students have traveled across borders. Every other year, the German club travels to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Spanish class had visited Spain, Mexico, and Costa Rica in past years.

All year, students have been raising money to pay for the $4200 per person fee through community events such as German dinners, Oktoberfest, pancake dinners and wrestling tailgates. They also raised money by selling candy, advent calendars, gifts, jellies and jams, engraved cake pans and Avon products.

On the note of community involvement, Mrs. Slindee stated, "We greatly appreciate the support of the community."

She also said that Feb. 21 there will be a German dinner at the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It'll cost $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $6 for high school students, $4 for 4-12 year olds and free for preschoolers. If you buy an advance ticket the price is a dollar less. She wants everyone to attend.

This trip is sure to be one that the group will remember. Memories of their first trip to Europe will be sure to last a lifetime.