Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dalton High Juniors’ Annual Trip Makes History Come Alive

This year, 15 Dalton High School rising seniors and 8 chaperones participated in the trip to New York and Boston areas. Here they are shown in front of the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial called Empty Sky located in the Liberty State Park across the Hudson River from where the World Trade Centers once stood.

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

Celebration of Community Literacy Fair on Thursday, July 19

The Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership program is proud to announce a Celebration of Community Literacy event that will be held at the Gaston Community Center, 218 N. Frederick Street, on Thursday, July 19. This fun festival will give children, families, non-profits, and citizens an opportunity to be a part of the community literacy initiative announced by community leaders last month (for more information, click the following link:

This type of community-wide event needs not only children and families to attend, but also plenty of volunteers.  Anyone interested in reading to children, staffing concessions, or assisting with arts and crafts is encouraged to go to the following link on the United Way website to sign up to volunteer: