Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 2, 2013

Brookwood students to tour Europe next summer

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Summer travel to Europe for students has been a Brookwood School tradition since 1977.

 Every other year, groups of students — including students from other schools — accompanied by Brookwood teachers, have visited major cities of Europe and have explored museums and historic sites while experiencing regional food dishes and enjoying cultural entertainment.

 “Travel is the best teacher,” Sherrie Callaway declared.

 “Travel broadens our view of the world, its citizens, historic locations and cultural differences. In the past 20 years, I have enjoyed sharing my experience with students from Brookwood, other schools in Georgia and Florida, with parents, and fellow faculty members. Everyone has enjoyed meeting new friends, trying interesting cuisine, exploring history, and experiencing new languages.”

 This year, Callaway is working with Brookwood art teacher Maureen Harrer to plan an informative journey through London, Paris, Lucerne, Florence and Rome.

 “Among our educational objectives, we want students to become familiar with some of the prime examples of art, including Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence, and recognizing the possibilities of the garden as art when we visit Versailles,” Callaway explained.

 She has led 10 student groups through major European cities over the past 20 years.

 The juniors and seniors will learn about the history of the Swiss Guards when they see their memorial in Lucerne and the Guards’ home in the Vatican and find out about their attempt to protect the French royal family at Versailles.

Among several optional excursions offered is a day trip to Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury in England.  

“Students are required to see professional musical theater productions in London, and some choose to see two,” Callaway said.

She plans the Europe tours with ACIS – the American Council for International Studies, Inc. – because of the company’s 35 years of success in organizing student tours.

 “Students always enjoy the superb tour managers who arrange all the details and regale us with colorful accounts of each location we visit,” Callaway said. “Our hotels, meals and transportation are excellent, and our tours run like clockwork, everything is so well planned and organized.”

Rising juniors and seniors from all schools in the area are invited to participate in the 2014 trip from June 9 through June 23, departing from and returning to Atlanta. Contact Sherrie Callaway at or 229-226-8070 #25 for additional information.