MILFORD: A trip of a lifetime is in the works for 42 students and six chaperones at Hants East Rural High School.
Although the trip is an annual occurrence, this year’s European vacation corresponds with the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. The Education First Educational Tour will see the students exploring Europe for 12 days.
The students from HERH will be amoungst the 25,000 expected at the Vimy 100 Ceremony planned for April 9.
“I’m excited for this one,” said HERH teacher and trip planner, Trevor Comeau. “I’m always excited to watch the kids experience new things, but this one will be pretty special to be a part of something.”
Students Megan Wheaton and Chloe McManus are also looking forward to the trip, which will also see stops in Amsterdam, Paris, and London.
“I think it’s going to be great to be a part of the ceremony,” said Wheaton. “But, I think I’m most excited for London.”
McManus agrees, and, she has a special connection, as she has a great uncle who fought, perished, and was buried near Vimy Ridge.
The students fly out April 6, returning on April 17. Excitement was palpable in the air the night of the parent information session where students were handed out their schedules , backpacks, and two jackets, one specific for the Vimy 100 Ceremony.
HERH students and members of the community will be able to join in on the ceremony, as it will be broadcast live in the AV room at the school on April 9, from 10-2. Doors open at 9:30. The event is free to the community.