All American students study Shakespeare in high school, but very few get to visit Juliet’s balcony in fair Verona. That’s exactly what 15 high school students from the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology did during their spring break late last month.
Students from the high school’s the World is Our Classroom Club traveled to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland during their week off from school observing the way these countries blended their rich history with modern life.
Students visited the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle and the first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau Concentration Camp in Bavaria.
In Venice, students saw how the famous Murano glass is made. In Switzerland, the students saw the summits of Mount Pilatus.
Students took a cable car up to the top of Mount Pilatus while immersing themselves in sounds of traditional yodeling and alphorns.
They traveled through Austria, saw the Russian crown jewels and Imperial Easter eggs.
Students also visited Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona. While students from the World is Our Classroom Club visited Europe, another group of students from the Embrace Relief Club went to Haiti to build a generator for orphans.
“Clubs such as the Embrace Club and The World is Our Classroom build leadership skills, and open our students’ eyes to current issues around the world,” Riza Gurcanli, school lead at the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, said.