WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The School Committee has approved a trip that will send a group of Westborough High School students to Costa Rica in April.
Before the Wednesday vote, John Blachly, of Education First (EF), along with business teacher Darrell Potosnak, spoke to committee members regarding the trip the two are helping to organize.
"Our goal is to have the students go there with the thought that they may be able to come back with some initiatives for the school and Westborough," Blachly said.
The trip will take 24 students, 12 spots of which are filled, to what is called a Global Student Leader Summit from April 13-22. The keynote speaker will be former Vice President Al Gore, and several other speakers will be in attendance as well. The focus of the summit will be on "addressing environmental sustainability," according to the brochure. The cost is $3,350 per student.
"What better place to visit than Costa Rica. They demonstrate environmental leadership every day," Potosnak said.
Five hundred students will be on the trip from the U.S. and another 500 from Canada. One chaperon will attend for every six Westborough students. There is a waiting list for chaperons.