Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Teacher Proposes China Trip for IB Students to Auburn-Washburn School Board

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Teacher Proposes China Trip for IB Students to Auburn-Washburn School Board

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Members of the Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 on Tuesday learned about a unique program for students in the district's international baccalaureate, or "IB", program.

Ty Frederickson, a literature teacher in his second year at Washburn Rural High School, presented board members with a proposal for at least six IB students to attend the International Student Leadership symposium in China in March. He said it would give the students a chance to "experience a new place" and "get to know a world other than the one they were raised in."

Frederickson, who said he has had 10 years of experience with the international symposium before teaching at Washburn Rural, said the program is a partnership of the American-British Academy and Mercersburg Academy with a focus mainly on social justice issues with a global impact.

Frederickson said airfare for each student on the trip would cost an estimated $1,300. The other expense, he said, would be a total fee of $1,027 paid to the host school by the district. Students and USD 437 staff, would stay with host families who would be carefully vetted, Frederickson said.

"I'm asking you to entertain to be behind this idea from a financial point of view," he told board members, adding the district could potentially become a member school of the academy and possibly be a host school in the future.

"If we want to be a part of it, we could host it," Frederickson said. "It's certainly something that's a viable option."

"I think it would tie in nicely with the IB program," board member Darren Haddock said. "I think it would be a good investment on our part."

Board members are expected to take action on Frederickson's request at a future meeting.

Also on Tuesday, superintendent Scott McWilliams introduced Sam Ralston, USD 437's new chief of school police, who was hired in August to replace Rusty Berry, who retired last spring. …

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