Students from Dalton Public Schools recently participated in a student K-12 innovation competition called DIA (Dalton Innovation Accelerator) Pitch. The goal of this competition is to have students think like entrepreneurs to come up with and pitch innovative product ideas.
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"We are so thankful for this opportunity and the administration of Dalton Public Schools that allowed us such an opportunity. I hope to plan another trip in the future.”
Dalton High School teacher Sandra Crow took four of her Spanish students on a trip to Costa Rica this summer. Students were able to experience the culture and people of Costa Rica, as well as practice their Spanish skills.
Crow said that the activities students took part in on this trip made it a once in a lifetime experience.
"Students explored important sites, discovered the diversity and heritage of different cultures, and returned home with a new found global perspective," Crow said.
As part of the trip, the four students had the opportunity to visit hot springs, the Arenal Volcano, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest among other exciting adventures.
"The students were also able to enjoy a zip line canopy tour, cooking, dance and craft class, Doka Estate Coffee Tour, and snorkeling at Catamaran, and Manuel Antonio National Park," Crow said.
Not only did the students experience the sights of Costa Rica, but they also had the chance to interact with the people as well. During the trip, they visited an elementary school and spent time with the students there.
"During the visit with the students, we provided them with school supplies, played games and danced," Crow said. "This was an exciting time for the students in the school and our Dalton High students. It provided time to practice conversational Spanish with the students, and I was very proud of our students."
Overall, the trip was very successful for the students. They were able to learn a lot and enjoy many of the attractions that Costa Rica has to offer.
"This was an exciting, educational and fun filled trip for all of our students and for me," Crow said. "We are so thankful for this opportunity and the administration of Dalton Public Schools that allowed us such an opportunity. I hope to plan another trip in the future."