A ban on school trips overseas for students at Milwaukee Public Schools is not stopping one classroom from taking off to Denmark.
WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino spoke with a group of parents who are going rogue despite a worldwide travel alert still in effect.
Fourth-graders at Golda Meir School practiced their Danish and proudly held the country’s flag Wednesday as they prepare for their annual trip to Denmark in April.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing their schools and learning their cultures and language,” fourth-grader David Curry said.
“I’m most excited to see my hosts and meet other people there,” fourth-grader Katherine Thompson said.
But this long tradition almost didn’t happen after Milwaukee Public Schools canceled all overseas travel after the terrorist attacks in Paris last year.
“We were really bummed. We didn’t know if we could still go on the trip,” fourth-grader Allison Brennan said.
Determined to give their children this unique opportunity, several parents banded together to organize the trip themselves without the school’s support.
“If we hold ourselves hostage to fear, we don’t pass along those life lessons to our kids. That’s really what this trip is all about,” parent Joel Brennan said.
For many of these students who have never left the United States, this trip could be the only opportunity for them to travel abroad.
“It’s just an opportunity that you don’t get every day,” fourth-grader Eva Soto said.
“I’m not just going by myself. When she remembers in the future about this trip, I’m going to be a part of it,” parent Miguel Soto said.
The parents are confident this trip will be one of a lifetime.
Milwaukee Public Schools spokesman Tony Tagliavia emailed WISN 12 News a statement that reads in part, “This is a non-school-sponsored trip. Our decision regarding overseas travel was made with the interest of students’ safety foremost in mind. We continue to monitor the situation as we consider future international travel. I am not aware of any other confirmed, parent-led trips that are scheduled at this time.”
There is a fundraiser for the children at Discovery World on Friday. They have to come up with $50,000 to finance this trip.