Anacostia Abroad: Anacostia High School Travels to Cuba!
Team Member: Courtney Dalton
EVENT DATE Aug 06, 2016
On the left is a picture of me at 14 years old, departing on a yellow school bus to O-Hare Airport in Chicago. I was leaving on my first trip abroad, heading to London, England. I was nervous. As much as we had prepared for this trip, nothing can ever compare to the extraordinary sensation of being in another world for the first time. It is both terrifying, and wonderfully thrilling all at once. It is a feeling that never truly leaves you, and yet is never experienced in the same way again.
Even though I couldn’t quite sum it up as succinctly at the time, these were all things that were whirling through my head as I took those first steps on foreign soil on my initial trip overseas. Coming from a small town in the Midwest, I had no idea that this trip abroad would impact me in such a powerful way. It is an experience that, nearly 20 years later, still ripples through my life in unexpected ways. It has propelled my trajectory, influenced decisions, and without a doubt changed the course of my life. I am forever grateful to the high school teachers I had who took it upon themselves to create this opportunity, and for opening up my small world and exposing me to the greater human experience.
As some of you may know, a year ago I started an organization called FLYTE that helps raise funds for schools that don’t have access to the kinds of resources that my own high school did.
Anacostia High School is located in Southeast, Washington D.C., where students receive public education within their neighborhood. The majority of the students attending Anacostia were born and raised in the area and take pride in calling Washington D.C. home. Outside of school, students face various challenges daily.
“In the area in which I teach, most students’ personal goals are limited to a range of about five years. As a result of their circumstances, most students are not exposed to the possibilities outside their immediate surroundings. The main focus for students at Anacostia is to graduate, as the rate of graduation lingered at approximately 46.4% for the 2014-2015 school year. For many of my students, traveling abroad alongside their peers and teachers is somewhat of an unreachable dream,” says teacher Kathrine Avila, who submitted Anacostia’s application.
I am fundraising to send abroad 2 students from Anacostia. The donation that you make to my page, no matter how small, will fund their flights, meals, tours, and transportation once they arrive in Cuba. It will also buy them each passports- opening up a world of future possibility to see more of the world beyond just this trip. Please consider making any donation, even $10 can make a huge difference in making this trip a possibility for 2 more students.
The Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education
This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.