For 17 years, Dalton High teacher Teresa Bennett has ended her school year the same way—packing her bags and traveling about 2000 miles to lead her high school students on a tour of New York City and Boston. The trip is a memorable experience for all of the students and chaperones—especially those who have never traveled outside of Georgia or experienced the big city life in the Big Apple or Beantown.
Bennett, who serves as the Language Arts department chair and teaches Advanced Placement Language Arts and American Literature, says the trip started as a way to bring American literature and American history alive for her high school juniors. Back in 1994, then-Dalton High principal John McMillian asked Bennett during her end-of-the-year evaluation if there was anything new she would like to do for her students. She shared with him that she would like to take students to visit some of the places that they had studied in their American History and American Literature classes. McMillian was supportive of her idea so she began working with a tour company to customize a trip to New York and Boston that would meet her needs. In 1995, Bennett led her first trip of students and chaperones at the end of school during the Memorial Day weekend. Deeming the trip a success, she decided then that the trip would become an annual event. Continue reading