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2016 Photo Contest: Travel. Take Pictures. Get Rewarded.

Written by Brightspark Travel

We love seeing how students, teachers, directors, and chaperones showcase their travel experiences through photography. With tour season coming up, we want to see how you capture your adventures. Students traveling with Brightspark between Monday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, June 30, are eligible to enter our Student Photo Contest. Teachers, directors and chaperones traveling with us between those same dates can enter our Group Leader Photo Contest.

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New Orleans for Student Travelers? Why Performance Groups Love NOLA

Written by Brightspark Travel

Our New Orleans performance tour is more popular than ever. Why? The birthplace of jazz has a rich cultural history, beautiful outdoor performance spaces and plenty of live music. Tour Consultant and former band director John Aboud shares need-to-know information about student travel to New Orleans.

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Brightspark’s 2015 Teacher and Chaperone Photo Contest Winners

Written by Brightspark Travel

The Brightspark staff has voted for their favorite pictures, and the winners of the Brightspark 2015 Teacher and Chaperone Photo Contest are in. We had some awesome photographers on our tours, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking them out!

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Brightspark’s 2015 Student Photo Contest Winners

Written by Brightspark Travel

Our student travelers sent in a ton of great pictures for the Brightspark 2015 Student Photo Contest, and we had a great time looking through all of the entries. Though it was hard to only pick a few winners, these shots stood out to us as truly exemplary.

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Working Together to Make Dreams Come True

Written by Brightspark Travel


Brightspark is committed to creating travel opportunities for every kid.

Recently, we heard about a student whose desire to join in on his school’s trip was compromised by debilitating personal and medical issues. While his parents were unable to pay the extra costs associated with his struggles, his Group Leader knew he was more than deserving of this inspirational experience. In fact, the Group Leader even offered to handle the fee.

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The Navigator's Club Program is Ready for Take Off

Written by Brightspark Travel

In the upcoming weeks, four students from the Bloomington, IL Boys and Girls clubs will take part in an inspiring journey that will introduce them to a wider world of opportunity. 

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On the Road With a Brightspark Tour Director

Written by Brightspark Travel

The job of a great Tour Director? To make the coolest destinations even cooler. All of our industry-leading Tour Directors share passions for travel, education and performance. They know their selected cities like the backs of their hands, so getting lost isn’t really an option. Plus they’re ridiculously fun to hang out with.

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This Just In! Brightspark is Chicago Public School Approved

Written by Brightspark Travel

Brightspark has been working closely with the Chicago Public School (CPS) Law Office to develop Terms and Conditions for our CPS approved tours. After several months of collaboration, we are excited to announce that the CPS Law Office has just accepted our proposed Terms and Conditions.

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Brightspark Employee Spotlight: Mary Ugolini

Written by Brightspark Travel

Meet Mary. Mary is one of our Tour Consultant Managers. She leads the team known as the "Deerfield Dominators" which is named after her favorite superhero, her son Dominic. Her favorite movie is Top Gun and when she is not making dreams come true at Brightspark she is either gardening or noshing on her favorite food... Strawberries.  

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Help Brightspark Bring Some Cheer this Holiday Season

Written by Brightspark Travel

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” –Fred Rogers

Kaleidoscope 4 Kids is a Chicago-based organization made up of exactly these kinds of heroes, all operating under a mission “to serve abused and neglected families unconditionally through individualized, family-centered, community-focused care.”

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