SPARTA, NJ- A group of nearly 30 Sparta High School Russian language students, teachers and chaperones gathered on the sidewalk of the school for a photo before departing on the first international field trip from the school district in two years.

Students will travel to Russia for nine days of touring in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. According to a parent the itinerary will include visiting the Kremlin, Red Square, the Great and Patriotic War Museum of World War II, the Metro, the cosmonaut Museum and “a whole bunch of other stuff” during their four days in Moscow.

An overnight train will bring them to Saint Petersburg where they will spend three days exploring. On the agenda for that city includes the Siege of Leningrad Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Winter palace as well as an evening performance of the ballet.

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“This is a great experience for the kids to expand their world view, learn a lot of history from another perspective, practice their Russian and come back a little more well-rounded,” parent Mike McGovern said.

Sparta has one of the few and largest Russian world language programs in the state. Each year teachers Eric Hood, William Brennan and Suzanne Jouravlev guide students to win numerous awards competing in the spoken and written word.  

Photos of the trip are being posted on Instagram at spartarussianprogram.


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