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High School students enjoy historic trip to Japan

February 27, 2024

The Smithtown Central School District’s first educational trip to Japan took place during February’s winter break with an amazing exploration of Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima and Osaka.

Teachers Nancy Raftery, Tim Needles, Nancy Anderson, Michael Menendez, Amy Rothleder and Robin Jacobsen helped lead students from High school East and West on an EF (Education First) tour with tour guide Yu-san through the history and culture of Japan.

Students and teachers toured sites such as the Meiji Shinto Shrine, Yokohama Sky Garden, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Miyajima Island’s Itsukushima shrine, Osaka Castle, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Needles exclaimed, “It was a tremendous learning opportunity for all which led to new perspectives, connections, and lasting memories!”

Group photo of students in Japan

Tim Needles in Japan

Group photo of students in Japan

Picture of Japan