On July 26, 2015 Gilmour Academy and other Holy Cross schools will embark on a journey to France. Mr. Jamie Kazel, guidance counselor, began this trip in order to allow students to explore the roots of Holy Cross. Paris, France is “the seed where Holy Cross began” as Kazel said. The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded in 1837 and took its name from a city in LeMans, France. This city was named Saint Croix or Holy Cross. Kazel hopes to integrate education and the culture of Holy Cross on this trip.
I love to see the world and being a part of a culture is like students being in the classroom learning
“Travel changes lives,” Kazel said. “I love to see the world and being a part of a culture is like students being in the classroom learning.” Kazel’s love to travel inspired him to bring this idea to Brother Robert Lavelle as an opportunity for students to travel. While Kazel is excited for this journey, the travelers are also looking forward to the educational trip. Kaitlin Kramer (`16) explains why she has decided to learn more about Holy Cross in France. She said, “I have grown up traveling a lot and I love it. This trip seems like the next stop on my journey.” Kazel has worked hard to help these students experience everything France has to offer.
This trip to France has various activities included. From tours to cooking lessons, these travelers plan to experience French culture at its finest. Their sightseeing begins on July 27 and ends on August 2. They will be able to tour Paris, Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Mont St. Michel, Versailles Chateau and Gardens, American Cemetery, have a French cooking lesson, and go on an evening boat ride along the Seine. Megan Misencik (`16) said, “I am really excited to visit France and have a cooking lesson. It will be fun to learn how to cook French food in France. As I am looking forward to the cooking lessons, I am also excited about seeing the Eiffel Tower and Versailles.” Misencik will pack up her bags and travel in order to expand her cooking abilities as well as explore all France has to offer.
he hopes for this trip to create relationships with the other Holy Cross schools in order to build bridges and our understanding of the Holy Cross Brothers
With all of these sites there is much anticipation among the travelers. As a student, Kramer is excited to “walk the streets of Paris and learn the culture.” Traveling to France will expand the knowledge of Holy Cross within Gilmour, creating a stronger community. Kazel believes this trip will “remind the students why Gilmour exists.”
As the leader of the trip, Kazel said he “hopes for this trip to create relationships with the other Holy Cross schools in order to build bridges and our understanding of the Holy Cross Brothers.” Kazel hopes this trip will deepen the travelers’ understanding of Gilmour’s Holy Cross origin