3/29/2013 10:20:00 AM Randolph students explore Puerto Rico
Randolph High School Spanish students recently returned from a class trip to Puerto Rico. Twenty students in grades 10-12 participated in the trip staying in the capital city of San Juan and touring other cities and areas of the island throughout the week.
Students toured through historical Viejo San Juan, the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico and the historic colonial section of San Juan.
They hiked through El Yunque National Rainforest, went swimming in the beautiful waterfalls of El Yunque, and at night kayaked into Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay (where they experienced the glowing microorganisms which light up the water whenever there is movement).
They went snorkeling on the islands Palomino and Icacos, swam in the Atlantic Ocean, and visited the Black Sand Beach in La Boca (near Arecibo).
Exploring the caves of Camuy, students experienced the Río Camuy, the world's third-largest subterranean river. They toured the former coffee plantation and corn mill Hacienda Buena Vista, and explored Ponce, the second largest city in Puerto Rico outside of the San Juan metropolitan area, referred to often as La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), bordered by the Carribean Sea. While there, students visited Castillo Serrallés, built as a private mansion in the 1930s and now a museum, the Parque de Bombas, Poce's official fire house for over 100 years, and the Ponce Cathedral, located in the middle of the town square known as Plaza las Delicias.
The trip allowed students the opportunity to learn firsthand as they experienced Puerto Rican culture, food, history, architecture, sciences, language and much more.
Randolph Spanish teacher Reanna Arnoldi boasted, "The students did a fabulous job of representing Randolph High School."