Trip to Italy inspires counselors
A summer trip inspired two guidance counselors to encourage students to travel outside of their community and learn about other cultures.
Pamela Davis, counselor at Tyro Middle School, and Angie Lanning, counselor at Reeds and Churchland elementary schools, spent nearly two weeks of July in Italy. The two met four years ago in graduate school at North Carolina A&T University. "The summer is the time educators have to travel and learn new experiences for themselves," Davis said. "The world is a very diverse place. We need to embrace that diversity and enjoy it the fullest."
That's exactly what the two did when they boarded the 14-hour flight from Charlotte to Venice, Italy. The long flight allowed them to do a lot of catching up on sleep, have their own personal movie screen in front of them and listen to music on their iPods.
Davis, who traveled to Italy once before in 1984, said the beauty was still the same. "It was like seeing it for the first time," she said. "It was nice to relive it again." For Lanning, who had never been to Italy before, the trip was wonderful. "It was so much fun," she said. "We had a fantastic time."
The two stayed in Venice for four days and traveled by water taxi, due to the city being a collection of islands connected by canals. The water taxi was like a ferry that could hold up to 100 people. They also stayed at the Lido, Murano and Burano islands. Murano is known for its handblown glass, while Burano is known for its handmade lace, according to Davis.
They also got to see some very memorable landmarks, like the Spanish Steps, the Vatican and St. Peter's Square in Rome. Something Davis didn't get to see on her first trip to Italy was Michaelangelo's statue of David in Florence. She made sure to see it this time.