By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY- Students at Shelby High School are preparing to take the trip of a lifetime by traveling to Europe during their spring break in 2016.Shelby High School English teacher Katie Will explained she and her husband, Erik Will, came up with the idea for the students to take an international trip. "We thought of the idea about taking students on an international trip because our previous schools offered this opportunity, but we were always unable to go. We decided that this was the perfect time to bring an experience like this to Shelby High School students," Will stated. "We decided to travel with EF Tours, which is a large touring company that specializes in trips for high school students. EF will provide us with a full-time tour guide and local guides at different locations," Will continued. As of right now, Will explained there are 27 students going on the trip in grades 10-12 and four teachers including her and her husband, Mike Mahek, and Stephanie McCoy. During their trip to Europe over spring break from March 28-April 5, 2016, the students will be busy touring both Italy and Greece. "We will spend three days in Rome where we will visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Roman Catacombs. From there we will travel to Pompeii to visit the ruins. We will then travel by ferry into Greece where we will visit several Greek cities: Patras, Olympia, Argolida, Arcadia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, and Athens. While in Athens, we will visit the Olympic Stadium, the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, and the Temple of Zeus. We will end our trip by attending a performance of Greek musicians and dancers," Will expressed. In order for the students to be able to make this trip possible, a lot of fundraising will be taking place over the next few months leading up to their once in a lifetime trip. "This group of students has already raised over $4,500 since last May by selling Whippet athletic socks, hosting movie nights, and running MooPoo Bingo at Shelby Bicycle Days. We plan to run at least two more sales fundraisers this fall: Shelby charm bracelets with "Block S" charms and Mixed Bag Designs. We may run the Whippets socks fundraiser again if there is enough interest. We are also planning two events in October," Will explained. "On October 16 before the final home football game, we will be selling all-you-can-eat chili for $5 at the south end concession stand. On October 31, we are hosting a Monster Dash 5K and Creepy Crawl 1 Mile Fun Run beginning at the middle school. Registration forms can be picked up at the high school front office or downloaded from the high school's website under the "Forms" link. We are very appreciative of the many community members and businesses who have supported this group by sponsoring events, attending events, and buying products," Will continued. Will explained how she believes this trip will help the students grow as individuals. "We hope that this trip will be life-changing for the students who are going. They will be immersed in new and different cultures that will challenge them to see the world differently. It is valuable to learn about other ways of life in a classroom, but it is invaluable to actually experience the food, language, religion, music, art, architecture, and history first-hand," Will stated.