School to have Open House for new Learning Center

The Summer Opportunity Fair will serve as an open house for the Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center on Jan. 28. (Photo by Brandon Carroll)

Brandon Carroll
Entertainment/Feature Editor

A Summer Opportunity Fair for students is planned for Feb. 24,  in which the center will host an open house.

Seniors will be participating in Traditional Senior Activities, Juniors will assist in the Special Olympics, Sophomores will get to choose from a variety of Service Opportunities, and Freshmen will partake in a Future Leaders follow-up.

According to a letter sent to administrators the Chelsea Detrick experiential learning center is meant to work with students to further enrich their learning experience throughout their high school careers.

The center (officially called The Chelsea Center) will be located in Julie Burchett’s room next to the Statesmen Center. An entire day of experiential learning is planned for the entire school on April 12. Students must apply and qualify to be part of the Chelsea Center. It is run like a regular class period out of the day.

Some experiential learning techniques include summer learning trips to Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Tuskegee as part of the Civil Rights Journeys unit. As part of Native American Journeys, the class takes summer trips to Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

The center was created and funded by Glenn Detrick, father of Chelsea Detrick after whom the center is named. Chelsea was a graduate of WGHS class of 2003 who passed away of cancer in 2009. Glenn Detrick chose to create the center in her memory.

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