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CBHS Students Seek Additional Donations for Detroit “Junior Journey”

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CBHS Students Seek Additional Donations for Detroit “Junior Journey”
Posted on 03/31/2016
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It’s less than two weeks before Casco Bay High School 11th-graders leave for their annual learning expedition. The mission of the “Junior Journey” is to involve CBHS juniors in a one­-week, cross-cultural learning experience that will expand students’ sense of their world and who they are through service and adventure learning.

This year, the CBHS Junior Journey will take place from April 10-16 and the destination is Detroit, Mich. The students are in the last phase of a fundraising campaign to ensure that all students can participate, regardless of family income. They have raised more than $50,000 but still need some additional funding to fully realize their goals for the trip. CBHS junior Grace Callahan has written the following description of why Detroit was chosen, what students hope to do and learn there and why additional donations are needed:

Hello, my name is Grace Callahan and I am a junior here at Casco Bay High School. I am writing to you today about the Class of 2017’s upcoming Junior Journey to Detroit, Michigan (April 10th-16th). Every year the junior class at Casco Bay High School goes on an amazing and truly unique educational trip. We are greatly anticipating our journey.

This year, our destination is Detroit, Mich. My (nearly 100) classmates and I are extremely excited for this trip. Juniors have spent the year examining current issues and a variety of approaches to effecting social and political change. First, we studied the chemistry of climate change. Then, we conducted extensive research into the widening gap between rich and poor in the U.S. In February, we presented and defended our research to local experts at "Mind the Gap," a symposium on income inequality. Through the Junior Journey to Detroit, we are further exploring the gap between the rich and the poor, and how communities can reshape themselves in the face of hardship.

Once in Detroit, we will both engage in service and create documentaries. For our service, we will be volunteering with the organization Blight Busters. Blight Busters is helping Detroit to revitalize and renew itself by destroying “blighted,” abandoned and decrepit buildings in order to restore the beauty, safety and dignity of this city on the rise.

We will also be crafting documentaries while we are there, telling the stories of Detroit's local heroes in the efforts to revive the city and combat income inequality. We will be interviewing nearly 20 locals, including formerly homeless entrepreneurs and family members who successfully fought to hold on to their homes in the recent recession. Teams of CBHS students will ultimately create a 3- to 5-minute documentary about these Detroit heroes. In the end, our great hope is to shine a light on the people of Detroit and to highlight the richness, beauty, and resilience of this community. We will premiere the resulting full-length documentary at the Nickelodeon the evening of Monday, June 6. (We also hope to have a screening in Detroit.)

Detroit is the perfect setting for our ambitious learning expedition. Junior Journey will also allow every student to have the experience of traveling to a different area of the country, while bonding as a class, and learning about a new place. As a class, we have worked hard so far and successfully raised over $50,000 so that every member of our class can attend, regardless of family income. We have conducted over a dozen fundraisers, received support from our families and even corporate grants from UNUM to get to where we are. We are now engaged in a final fundraising push to allow us to realize the full agenda for Junior Journey, including the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural institutions in Detroit.

Our GoFundMe page makes it very easy to donate to this amazing trip, and you can donate any amount of money at https://www.gofundme.com/6st826jv. Your donation to Junior Journey this year will be felt by every single student, helping us to be able to embrace every opportunity on this amazing expedition which has been deemed “transformative” and “eye-opening” by past students. We are the first class to ever go to Detroit, and your donation will help make this unique journey an incredible experience for everyone.