By Aleaha Cubbage

Photo courtesy of Katie Strouss Students on the Puerto Rico trip pose at Luquillo Beach. 

Katie Strouss’s Spanish 3 students at William Penn took a trip to Puerto Rico during spring break. A total of 14 students left on March 26 and returned March 30.

Strouss, a Spanish teacher and a Student Council sponsor, put together and planned out the trip by herself.

“This is a good opportunity for students to speak Spanish in an authentic environment, see the Puerto Rican culture, and try new Spanish foods,” Strouss said.

Kameron Short, an 11th grade student at William Penn, was one of the travelers. Before the trip, Short said, “I’m most excited about learning more about the Spanish culture and getting to practice speaking Spanish.”

The group traveled to San Juan, Fajarrodo, Ponce, and Parguera. The group used Vamanos Tours for the many activities scheduled throughout the trip.

Strouss said, “We took salsa lessons while we were there, visited two beaches, and viewed the rain-forest. We were so busy everyday.”

Next year, Spanish 4 and culinary students will have a chance to take a trip to Barcelona, Spain.