Project Take Flight Brings UK Students to the U.S.

Students from EdisonLearning UK’s partner, Kingsthorpe College, are currently on a seven day return visit to the United States, and having visiting EdisonLearning partnership schools in the Chicago-area, and Gary, Indiana.  Over the weekend of October 21-22  , they spent time at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and visited Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary yesterday.

This is the second year of the Project Take Flight program, which continues the links, both cultural and educational, between Kingsthorpe College and its U.S. partner schools, as well as further develops an understanding of the different education systems in both countries.  In 2016, the UK students were able to learn a great deal about the education system in America, the students felt that they would like to know more about the transition to and from high school and the process of achieving a high school diploma.

The UK students have also continued to develop the Social Justice project they began at TRCCA and would like to be able to continue and develop this further – the issue they chose, healthcare, will continue to be high profile especially in light of recent political changes.

On October 25, Bridgescape Learning Academy-Humboldt Park was pleased to welcome the Kingsthorpe students and staff.  During the visit, Bridgescape and Kingsthorpe students shared experiences, and discussed political, social justice, and education concerns that challenge not only the city of Chicago, but the world as a whole.

Kingsthorpe College students were also presented with mini-lessons from a few of Humboldt Park’s teaching staff, who touched on slam poetry, debating the struggles of achieving the “American Dream,” and working together to solve logarithms. The Kingsthorpe also enjoyed Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza from Giordano’s Pizza.