Tigers tackle Europe

Students prepare to take trip with social studies teachers


Sophomore Macie Webb attends a meeting about the Texas High trip to London, Paris, Munich, and the Swiss Alps. She will accompany the group to travel to Europe on July 6.

Story by Molly Kyles, feature editor

This summer, while most of Texarkana takes on some sunscreen and shades, one group of students, teachers, and parents will be taking to the skies. The group will depart for a ten-day trip to London, Paris, Munich and the Swiss Alps on July 6. Teachers Erin Buchanan, Lance Kyles and Danny Williams are among those chaperoning the trip. The trip is open to all high school students, even those not attending Texas High, and any interested parents.

“I think we do more harm than good by not traveling and learning about other cultures and embracing new and different ideas,” world geography teacher Erin Buchanan said. “It’s so necessary, particularly while you’re young and still learning to develop that appreciation.”

The locations, London, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Munich and a few other stops along the way all encapsulate the Europe experience. Each city has a significance to the world and the trip. London, the first stop, is a world city with a history stretching thousands of years.

“London is an international city and so I hope we get the opportunity to see a variety of people doing lots of different things,” Buchanan said. “Texarkana is just a small town, so to be thrust into the middle of this mega metropolis and have to navigate our way around and see what daily life is like for other people is just going to be incredible.”

Travel can be an educational experience too, according to Buchanan. Witnessing other cultures firsthand can spark curiosity and discovery. This trip offers a learning experience in a safe environment.

“It’s cool to see those lightbulb moments and those moments of discovery for students. It’s an experience for yourself but it’s also an experience for them,” Buchanan said. “I think it makes it safer, we are with a company that has a good reputation versus going it alone and not really knowing things, you have that help to kind of navigate all the spaces you’re going to be in.”

It’s cool to see those lightbulb moments and those moments of discovery for students.”

— Erin Buchanan

The participants of this trip are of all grades and all levels of travel experience, from the novice sight-seer to the most expert backpacker.

“I haven’t gotten to travel much but I got bit by the travel bug when I got to go to Japan last summer. I was there for two weeks and it was absolutely amazing,” Buchanan said. “I could kind of kick myself when I got back because I wondering why I didn’t do this sooner. So the opportunity for this trip came up and I was like yes, a thousand times yes.”

For students that haven’t gotten a chance to travel much before, this trip offers an opportunity to explore. The teachers that are chaperoning the trip add an extra layer of security and familiarity to an experience that would be intimidating by oneself.

“I’ve been wanting to just travel the world for a while and this was a good opportunity to travel because I knew a lot of the people going on the trip and a lot of the supervisors,” sophomore Macie Webb said. “I’ve had a lot of the teachers that are going, and my mom thought it was just a good experience for me to go. I would definitely encourage other students to sign up for this trip. It sounds like everyone is going to have a great time and I’ve been looking forward to this since I found out about it.”

It’s not too late for students and parents to register for the trip, and while spots are not guaranteed at this point, the company is willing to accommodate to any last second sign-ups as best as they can.

“Sign-up for the trip isn’t closed yet,” United States history teacher Lance Kyles said. “If anyone is still interested, they can stop by me in Room 101, Ms. Buchanan in Room 36, or Mr. Williams in Room 102.”