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12 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Student Travel Company

Written by Christine Frisch

Let’s face it, school group trips are unlike all others. The day must be full and the itinerary must be educational. Finding the perfect travel company for your group is not always easy. Use these questions as a guide to help you choose a company that's best suited for your student tour.

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School Fundraising: Collecting, Tracking & Managing Funds

Written by Christine Frisch

Collecting, managing and tracking funds can be one of the most rewarding aspects of the fundraising process. It can however, come with problems. With misplaced cash, returned checks and multiple individuals handling donations, manual tracking systems make it difficult to ensure accuracy. In the digital era, computer-like precision is expected and necessary — especially with increasingly complicated fundraising methods. That being said, we recommend utilizing the following online tools.

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10 Presidents Who Changed America From Washington, D.C.

Written by Christine Frisch

Heading to Washington, D.C.? Make sure your students learn about some of our country’s most influential leaders before they travel. From their greatest accomplishments to where to find information about them in Washington, D.C., we compiled need-to-know information about a few of our nation’s leaders.

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Discovering New Cultures — No Passport Required

Written by Brightspark Travel

Though we’ve been known to tout the benefits of international student travel (check out our international e-book and lessons from an employee’s time abroad), we believe that perspective-shifting experiences can be obtained through domestic student travel as well. Given the sheer size of the United States and the diversity of its people, domestic travel provides students with ample opportunities to discover new cultures, lifestyles and more.

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4 Tips for Improving Your Marching Band’s Posture

Written by Brightspark Travel

Posture is one of the most important aspects of marching band. It fixes almost all of the band’s issues. Standing tall with great posture will help your students march better, sound better, play louder and have better shoulders in your slides. Here are a few tips and analogies for improving student posture during marching band.

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5 Favorite Halloween Destinations

Written by Brightspark Travel

From a pagan celebration linking the worlds of the living and the dead to Tim Burton movies and Frozen costumes, Halloween has developed into an American favorite. We picked out the spookiest, most festive United States destinations to ring in this ghoulsome holiday. Read on to see our five favorite Halloween destinations! 

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10 Great Cities to Tour With Your Students

Written by Christine Frisch

There are endless options when it comes to choosing a city for your student tour. That’s why we’d like to share with you some of our favorite student tour destinations. Keep reading to see our top 10 list of travel destinations for you and your students!

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Reaching New Heights: A Willis Tower Timeline

Written by Brightspark Travel

You’ve probably heard of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). You know that it was the tallest building in the world for a long time. And that it dominates the Chicago skyline. But do you know everything that’s gone on in this iconic building since it was first dreamt up in 1969? Check out our timeline of the major events of Willis Tower history.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Brittany Konfara

Written by Christine Frisch

Meet Brittany. Brittany is a Tour Associate at Brightspark Travel and is passionate about student travel. We had the opportunity to sit down with Brittany to learn about what she looks forward to each morning. To learn about her experience, continue reading!

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Helpful Resources for Teaching September 11

Written by Brightspark Travel

While most of us can vividly remember the attacks on September 11, 2001, many students are too young to have personal experiences with the fateful day. As the time separating the present day from the attacks grows, it is important that teachers educate students about the horror, tragedy and subsequent solidarity that the catastrophes provoked.

The organization behind the 9/11 Memorial & Museum provides excellent resources designed to help younger generations understand the attacks. We highlight some of our favorites.

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