When Lidia discovered her student was the chosen recipient, she called Emma at home instead of waiting until the next day at school. Emma described being both shocked and thrilled by the wonderful news. The Fund would cover the majority of Emma’s costs, allowing her to join her classmates in experiencing the iconic marvels of Italy and Greece.
Returning home, Lidia presented at her Renfrew School Board meeting, detailing the tour’s success and its eye-opening ways of learning that reached far beyond classroom walls. Emma spoke at the meeting as well, sharing her initial fears of travelling for the first time, then explaining how she quickly overcame them. She described her newfound confidence and mused that, though she was originally more excited about Greece, she left especially awe-struck by Italy.
Emma, like other EF student travellers, returned to her school even more impassioned to help others see the world. A first-time Group Leader, Lidia now plans to take more students on our tours. The ancient empires of Greece and Rome left an undeniable mark on the modern world, and with help from a caring teacher, an indelible imprint on this deserving student.
Courageous students like Emma remind us why we at EF do what we do. Committed teachers like Lidia inspire us to celebrate their pivotal roles in shaping young lives. From Florentine artworks to the Oracle of Delphi, Lidia and her students found a connection to the ancient world and how it served as a bridge to their future paths.