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East Islip High School Students Discover History And Culture In Spain

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East Islip High School students studying college Spanish were introduced to the world beyond the classroom this spring, visiting Spain with their world language teachers. They experienced life through the eyes of those who live and work there and applied the conversational skills they’ve learned in the classroom.

The students quickly immersed themselves in the Spanish culture: visiting historic sites in Madrid, tracing the route of Pamplona’s famed “Running of the Bulls,” investigating modern art at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and enjoying the beach in the coastal city of San Sebastian. Barcelona was the final stop, with an interactive exploration of Camp Nou Stadium, home of Barcelona’s famed football club, and a whimsical tour of Gaudi’s modern architecture, culminating with a visit to the still unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral. In the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, the students were treated to a pro demonstration match of pelota, the world’s fastest ball game, learned about the Basque sporting culture and participated in an interactive lesson with professional ball players.

“Travel changes lives,” teacher Lisa Rapiejko said. “We were fortunate to travel with such a phenomenal group of students, who were enthusiastic learners inspired by the opportunity to discover history and culture. These young men and women are our next generation of global citizens, and they returned home with a greater understanding and appreciation of the world around them, thanks to the support of their families and the East Islip school community.”

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