Huntsville students get opportunity to visit Europe for spring break

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Instead of being lazy or going to the beach for spring break, eight students from Huntsville City Schools had the opportunity of a lifetime. They traveled to Europe for college tours.

The trip was made possible through a program called C.A.P. & G.O.W.N, which stands for “creating academic pathways and guiding others wherever needed.”

The trip cost $35,000 for all eight students, who attend J.O. Johnson and New Century Technology High Schools.  To raise money for the trip, they started a donation website. The website was a huge success — people from all over Alabama helped fund the trip.

Chris Scribner is a social studies teacher at Johnson High School and he said, “The first big stop when we got to London was Oxford University.”

Oxford University really caught the attention of one student. After visiting the University, Lyala Dors has added it to her top five schools. She said the feeling was instant. “I felt like that was home like I should be there and that’s the place I want to go,” Dors said.

Without C.A.P. & G.O.W.N and the opportunity to go on this trip, Dors’ desire to attend Oxford University might have only stayed a dream.

“I really want to send the message to my students that they are worthy of the world,” said Scribner.

Traveling across the world was well worth the trip.