Carver High School juniors got a history lesson during a Spring Break trip to Charleston, S.C.
The students were exposed to various academic experiences during the trip. They participated in a slave narratives program at Magnolia Plantation; saw archeological finds dating back to the 1400s at the Charleston Museum; visited the Charleston Zoo and Nature Center and the Fort Sumter Waterfront; and toured Charleston University, the Citadel and Burke High School, which hired its first black principal in 1919.
“Charleston, South Carolina is a great historical landmark with many special attractions,” said Junior Alexus Mosley, who plans to attend Tennessee State University or Clemson University to major in business management.
Brittany Peebles learned more than history on her trip to Charleston.
“Even though this trip was designed for historical reasons, it also showed me that all things are possible. Who would have thought that a group of Carver kids would be able to go on an out-of-state adventure?” Peebles said. “I enjoyed going to the museum. I was able to see an actual mummy. It was so overwhelming! I was so thankful for that opportunity.”
The entire student body and educators in various departments were involved in fundraising for the trip. History instructor Marilyn Brannon started preparing early in the year by appealing to various community organizations and churches for monetary and in-kind donations. The history department’s Melvin Palmer and Dorothy Jackson also pitched-in, and several instructors served as chaperones on the trip.
Students had to meet specified guidelines in order to go on the trip. For example, they had to have positive behavior, appropriate academic achievement and show all-around excellence in school.