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12/24/2013 11:40:00 AM
Williams High School students to visit Costa Rica over spring break
School tax credit donations could help pay for trip

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


Several Williams High School (WHS) students are preparing for the spring break trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica in March.

The trip, which the high school organized through EF Tours, is scheduled from March 14 to March 22.

WHS science teacher Jessica Heisley came up with the idea for the trip after the high school organized a trip to Washington D.C. a couple of years ago.

"So that just got me thinking how much cooler it might be for the students if we could do an international experience and they could just get cultural experience, and those that are taking Spanish can kind of practice the language down there," Heisley said.

Heisley chose Costa Rica because the trip would be cost effective and it wasn't too far away.

So far about six students are signed up for the trip, but Heisley said it's not too late to sign up. Along with Jessica Heisley, Principal Tristan Heisley will also go to Costa Rica as the male chaperone. Parents are also welcome to go on the trip.

Heisley said the trip has an ecological focus. The group will stay in three cities during the trip - San Jose, Monteverde and Sarchi. The itinerary includes ziplining, kayaking, horseback riding, touring the rainforest, and visiting natural preserves, hot springs and a volcano.

"A lot of what we're talking about in environmental science, the students that are going will get to see it firsthand," Heisley said. "So it really ties in really nicely with biology and environmental science."

Students will also have an opportunity to earn elective college credit for completing assignments before, after and during the trip.

The price of the trip per student is about $2,300, which includes airfare, hotels, bus trips, three meals a day and activity fees.

People can financially support the Costa Rica trip through the school tax credit progam. Through Dec. 31, individuals can make a donation to Williams schools for as much as $200 and then receive a credit for that amount on their state income tax. Married couples filing jointly can donate as much as $400. Donors can specify where they want the money to go.

The tax credit form is available at the district office and at both schools. It is also on the school district's website, www.wusd2.org.

Students will also sell Little Caesars pizza kits after Christmas break to raise money for the trip.

"But the tax credit really is kind of the best way to get a big chunk of money for the students," Heisley said. "For a lot of them it could be really a once in a lifetime trip, because once you start getting into college and you start kind of moving on with your life, sometimes trips like this aren't quite as easy anymore to make yourself available for. So it's just a fantastic opportunity for them."

More information about the trip is available from Heisley at jheisley@wusd2.org.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: Read the entire article

Ron you might want to read the entire article:
"The price of the trip per student is about $2,300, which includes airfare, hotels, bus trips, three meals a day and activity fees.

People can financially support the Costa Rica trip through the school tax credit progam. Through Dec. 31, individuals can make a donation to Williams schools for as much as $200 and then receive a credit for that amount on their state income tax. Married couples filing jointly can donate as much as $400. Donors can specify where they want the money to go.

The tax credit form is available at the district office and at both schools. It is also on the school district's website, www.wusd2.org.

Students will also sell Little Caesars pizza kits after Christmas break to raise money for the trip. "

No where does it say they are using school money. This is a great opportunity for the students to visit another place and learn. That way they don't become ignorant like you are good sir.


Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: proud mama

What a fantastic opportunity! As for Mr. I hate everything, It is actually choosing how a portion of your state taxes are utilized, it is not the "schools money" since you can designate which fund your credit is applied.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Paully

School money for a vacation. Future government workers being developed. What a waste.



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