More than 50 Middle School students traveled to Puerto Rico Feb. 15-18 for a cultural immersion trip that allowed them to hone their speaking skills while experiencing the beauty and diversity of the island’s landscape; exploring the history preserved in Old San Juan and Ponce; and eating – and even cooking! – authentic local cuisine.
Led by world languages teacher Bobbie Bassuk, the students took salsa lessons and a mofongo cooking class. They helped paint and clean a local school in Ponce. They went hiking in the El Yunque rainforest and traversed the streets of San Juan. They experienced the bioluminescence of the bay during a nighttime boat tour, enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear water, and enjoyed outstanding cuisine throughout the trip. Faculty members Lilliam Fernandez, Alfredo Palacio, Fabiola Weinberg and JP Arrastia served as chaperones.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.