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Day 10: Shady Maple & Lancaster

day 10 (a)

This was the part of the trip everyone was looking forward to....... Breakfast at Shady Maple. Shady Maple is an all you can eat buffet in Lancaster County. The selection of food was amazing with a huge range of meats, breads, pancakes, potatoes and desserts on offer. Some students needed to take a nap after the meal while others struggled to walk back to the bus.

day 10 (b)

They then drove through the Amish Community. Doug Landis, a teacher at Springford High spoke to them about the various traditions of the Amish Community. They stopped off at Strasberg to visit some pottery shops and buy some homemade ice cream. They then drove back to Royersford where everyone had a free evening.

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Day 9: Baltimore

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Today that students left Washington DC to travel back to Royersford. On the way back they stopped off in Baltimore to visit the Aquarium and "Ripley's Believe it or Not". They also had the opportunity to walk along the harbour and experience the beautiful scenery Baltimore had to offer. After the long trip they were delighted to return to their host families to catch up on much needed sleep.

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Day 7: Hockey Game

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Today the students went to school for the last time. The day started off cool and crisp but warmed up as the day went on. First the students went to the 8th grade centre to get a tour and to go into classes and answer as much questions as possible. After spending two periods in the 8th grade centre they continued into the high school and spent the rest of the day finding their own way to classes and partaking in class. When school finished all the students planned to go to the schools hockey game. Springford were playing Bishop-Shanahan and won with a final score of 8-2. After the hockey game all the students went home to relax and catch up on sleep for the next day.

Day 8: Washington DC

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Today the students travelled to Washington DC and got a guided tour of the city. They visited sites such as the White House, Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial. The students also got the chance to explore the Smithsonian Museums and the streets of Washington DC. They stayed in a hotel in the city overnight and will be visiting Baltimore tomorrow.

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Day 6: Evans Elementary

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Today they shadowed the Americans to their classes for period one and then they went to Evans Elementary. The children spent the first few minutes chatting and getting to know our students. Then they went out to the hallway and left a message on the wall of Limerick Exchange signatures using some Sharpies.
Next they went to the library where the elementary students asked them questions on Ireland in a group interview, which they broadcasted around their school. The kids were all very impressed by Fiona and Angela's preformance of some Reels on the Fiddle and Tin Whistle. Terry finished off the interview with a Folk Tale and we then donated our books to the school library.
After a sudoku competition with the students they went down to the Cafeteria for a nice Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mash potato, veg, gravy, sweet corn and pumpkin pie. After lunch they went back upstairs where other grades came and performed various pieces for them such as Recorders, Songs and Stories.
They finished off their visit with some board game.
In the afternoon they returned to Springford high and spent the last 2 classes walking around the school trying to find the classes they will be in tomorrow.
They went home, changed and went off to Bounce U. Bounce U is a big indoor complex with two rooms filled with various bouncy-castles: Slides, Stairs, Houses, Basketball Nets, Obstacle Courses and more. One room was dark, with lasers and lights and music and the other was lit. It was great fun. Everyone had a really good time.
We spent the night watching the new Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. It was a brilliant movie but all felt a bit cheated when it ended in the world's worst "To Be Continued...". Overall, it was an eventful, funfilled day. Everyone is loving every single day and who could blame them!

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