In an effort to improve the graduation rates at my high school, I presented students in the Class of 2019 with an incentive. Should they remain in school, graduate, earn their high school diploma and refrain from becoming pregnant,
I would take them on a trip of their choice. Forty out of eighty-six students were eager to take me up on my offer and selected Hawaii as their destination.
I am passionate about this project because this will be the last gift that I can give to these particular students before they become adults and transition into the world of responsibilities. In order for these students to be successful and to assimilate into the twenty-first century as contributing citizens, it is imperative that they learn how to make decisions, how to behave in unfamiliar or new situations, and how to interact appropriately with different cultures. To be able to provide my students with the skills and experiences that will last them a life time as well as to prepare them for the future, will be the greatest gift an educator could ever possess.