SHAPE | November 30, 2018
On Saturday, November 17, SHAPE American Middle School AVID students visited history. The students woke up extra early and boarded a bus for England. They took a P&O ferry across the English Channel to Dover. The students then made their way to Londinium--the name the Romans gave the town when Julius Caesar first arrived in 54 BC.
The famous author Samuel Johnson once wrote, "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." The AVID students got a taste of the majestic city as they visited Shakespeare's Globe and took a tour of the famed theater. They got a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes Elizabethan actors wore over 400 years ago. One AVID student exclaimed, “I never knew that all the girl parts were played by men!” From there, the students raced over to see the musical 42nd Street. Most had never seen a West End theater production. One student said, “it was interesting that it was a play within a play. I’d never seen that before.”
The AVID students then rode north and spent the night at RAF Mildenhall. It was a very busy but fantastic day! On Sunday, the students drove to Imperial War Museum Duxford where they were able to see over 200 military airplanes and tanks. These AVID students have parents who work for the military, and the students were able to see some of the planes that helped win World War II. From the famed Spitfire to the imposing B-17 Flying Fortress, the students were in awe. Said one student, “I felt the history, the courage, and the determination all under the roofs of a couple of hangars.”
SHAPE MS AVID hopes to head to the Netherlands in the spring to say hello to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House.