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With just three days to fit in the sights and sounds of New York City, Grayson County travelers on the GCHS Spring Break Art Appreciation Tour did a packed itinerary proud. In all, 34 students, parents and community leaders made the trip, coming home with exciting experiences to share with family and friends.

Naturally, the group took in several of the more renowned museums; the Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan. They also got to experience the World Trade Center Memorial, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Chinatown and Little Italy. Central Park, Times, Square, some window shopping along Fifth Avenue were all part of the pace. And a frenzied foray into the world of Off Broadway with the stage show “Stomp,” provided an energetic and inventive evening of dance, music and theater blended together through electrifying rhythm.

Matthew Carter and Kayla Decker both enjoyed visiting the top of the Rockefeller Center and seeing the city at night.

Ty Johnson named The Metropolitan Museum and visit to the memorial at Ground Zero as his favorites.

“It was a good experience because you hear everybody talking about Ground Zero, but you really don’t appreciate it until you see it firsthand,” he said.

A highlight for art teacher and trip organizer Beverly Dowell was “the street performance that I got pulled into at Battery Park. A very acrobatic young man performed a trick where he ran and flipped over me, another lady, and a little boy named Diego. It was terrifying.”

Dowell called the whirlwind visit “a great experience.” She has organized the New York trip five times since 2007 and also sponsored a group that visited Chicago in 2010. She added that a wider age range of travelers in the group this year enhanced the trip for everyone.

Dowell was considering a different city, or even a combination for next year, possibly putting New York in a rotation to keep things fresh. But shortly after the group returned, she started getting requests about another spring journey to the Big Apple, and is already working on the details for a Spring Break 2015 NYC trip. Contact her at the high school or beverly.dowell@grayson.kyschools.us for more information or to add your name to the list.

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