Haylie Culp, communication arts teacher at Neosho Junior High School, is planning on a trip for students to witness an important date in history.

Haylie Culp, communication arts teacher at Neosho Junior High School, is planning on a trip for students to witness an important date in history.
"The trip (D-Day 75: Paris & Normandy) is to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the invasion of the beaches of Normandy and the Allied Forces advance," said Culp. "I am beyond excited for student's to experience the place-based education that is available through this trip. it is not school a school affiliated trip! It is educational, but not specifically for one institution."
Students ages 13-23 and parent/family chaperones will attend the trip which will be June 2-9, 2019. Tour investment is:
Students (travelers under the age of 23): $3,577   
Adults (age 23 and over): $3,972 (Scholarships & Financial Aid Available). Deadline to lock in the current pricing is due June 15, 2018. A $50 deposit can lock in the 12 monthly payments for those looking for a manageable payment plan, and spend time fundraising. An informational meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7 at Neosho Junior High.
"This is the first time I have taken students internationally, but not the first time I have taken students to a memorial," she said. "I was able to take a handful of students to the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Pearl Harbor, and it is an experience I hope to share again with those who can visit France for this historic anniversary."
The Neosho Daily News asked Culp some questions about the upcoming trip.

NDN: What will transpire on the trip?
Culp: Students will explore historic sites in Paris and Normandy that influenced The Great Wars, including a trip to Versailles and the beaches of Normandy. One of the highlights of this trip, is the time spent learning about the sacrifice and advance of Allied Forces in the European Theater.

NDN: What are some of the sites you and the group will see on this trip?
Culp: There will be three days spent in Paris, where we will meet our tour director and check into hotel. Then we will explore the Paris city walk: Île de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral, Île St. Louis. On day three students visit the Latin Quarter, and Paris landmarks on a guided tour visiting the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel  Tower, Champ de Mars, École Militaire, Les Invalides, Conciergerie, Tuileries, Place Vendôme, Opera House, concluding with a Versailles guided excursion through the State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Gardens of Versailles. On day four, we fly from  Paris to Normandy, where we will participate in D-Day Educational Events hosted by the travel company Explorica. Day five consists of a visit to Pointe du Hoc, and the 75 D-Day 75 Official Ceremony.  Day six is the Normandy Arromanches Museum visit and Juno Beach Centre visit. On Day seven,  we travel back to Paris, for our final event, the Paris Louvre visit and Seine River cruise. We would travel home on day 8. 

NDN: How pleased are you to be a witness to history on the D-Day anniversary?
Culp: After spending three years in Hawaii for the commemoration of Pearl Harbor Attacks, I am thankful beyond words to get to continue to introduce students to the importance of honoring and remembering those who served and sacrificed. As a child, I would not have imagined the opportunities to visit and honor our nation's veterans I have been given. I remember my grandfathers stories about WWII, and by uncles stories about being stationed in Europe, and feel immensely blessed to be able to see the many places that made up their stories.

NDN: What are you hoping that the students and other will get out of this trip?
Culp: My work with the American Legion Auxiliary has grounded me in the service of God and Country. I hope students experience this trip and come back with a new appreciation for our armed services, their sacrifice and the importance of connecting with places significant to history. Additionally, I have seen how the deep appreciation that comes from these visits can influence student life choices, and feel students in our area will greatly benefit from experiencing this trip. One of the most compelling reasons I have for introducing this pathway, is that in Hawaii, I saw many students pursue military service through the Military Academies, and hope to introduce this to our students here as well as an honorable and important pathway for our youth.

For more information, companies and organizations interested in sponsoring students, or donating toward scholarships can reach Culp at 417-592-8935 or by email at culphaylie@neoshosd.org