KUSD Travel Club Offers Global Learning to Local High School Students | Education

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Students at Kenosha Unified High School are graduating from class and traveling overseas this summer as the district’s Travel Club returns for the first time since 2019.

A group of club students traveled to Panama June 20-28 and 16 students are traveling to England, returning July 28, accompanied by parent and teacher chaperones.

The journeys began at Tremper High School in 2007 with the launch of the club, which was later opened to all KUSD students.

“I moved to Kenosha in 2004, and with the help of many very interested students who wanted to travel, we started the travel club in 2007,” said Tremper’s teacher Laura Zajicek-Bagenski. “When I started Dipping, I wanted to do something that I could give back to the community. I wanted to be able to do more than what I do in my class,”

Since the club’s inception, students have made one to three trips each year, and the club has visited 23 countries. Zajicek-Bagenski, who said he has always loved travel, started the club to give Kenosha students and families that opportunity.

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Club students decide on travel destinations and what they want to learn. There are a few countries the club have visited on several occasions including England and Italy. The trip to England is the club’s fourth there and will be a ‘legends’ tour. The itinerary includes more of the countryside and historical sites for figures such as the Queen, Jack the Ripper, Shakespeare and the Beatles.

“These are all the major legends that impacted the Isle of England,” Zajicek-Bagenski said. She is particularly excited about traveling to Bristol, known for its artwork, as well as the English countryside.

“Usually when we travel to England we see London, and just the area around the city, where it’s going to be a lot deeper and a lot bigger outside of the city,” she said.

Zajicek-Bagenski invites all KUSD students in grades 9-12 to join the travel club.

“Overall, breaking down the walls of school and bringing kids out into the world and actually standing in the places that they read and learn about, it boosts their motivation to learn,” Zajicek-Bagenski said. “They come back with ideas and a kind of love for learning that they didn’t have before. The school becomes more interesting because these places are real. I have seen children become more responsible. I have seen them become more ready for school and college.

The travel club would not be possible with the support of the Kenosha community, and Zajicek-Bagenski said she wants to return that support by providing these world travel opportunities to Kenosha students and families.

“Our goal is to enjoy the benefits of a school community and to make sure we share that with our community here in Kenosha,” Zajicek-Bagenski said. “We want to make sure that we as a school stay vibrant and up to date, and we make sure that our children are competitive when they leave us. And that’s just one more piece of that puzzle that we can give to our community.

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