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Bishop Michael Eldon School students Bimini bound with Bahamas Educational Tours
  
Monday, 02 April 2012 10:14

BIMINI FERRY RIDE: Visiting Grand Bahama students, teachers and parents enjoy an open-air ferry ride during a one-day trip to Bimini organized by Bahamas Educational Tours.  (Photo courtesy of Bahamas Educational Tours)BIMINI, Bahamas -- Combine excited first graders, accompanied by just as eager parents, along with the planning and expertise of Bahamas Educational Tours (BET) and the end result is a fun-filled one-day excursion to a Bahamian gem, Bimini.

Just over 50 persons, with an equal mixture of kids and adults, recently traveled as part of Bishop Michael Eldon School’s (BMES) first grade school trip to North & South Bimini.  According to BET Tour Coordinator, Michele Coburn, visits to other Bahamian islands are regular features of BMES’ school curriculum and tour coordination is a service she has rendered to the institution for a number of years.  “Their teachers actively believe in bringing lessons to life through guided tours that allow their students to gain hands-on knowledge and experience, and it’s a pleasure for BET to put such trips in motion for them,” she said.

Highlights of the day trip included visits to the Fountain of Youth; guided nature trail; ferry boat rides; Bimini Bay resort; Bimini’s last boat builder; museum; straw market; open-air tram ride; and a sumptuous native lunch.

BMES AT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Eager first graders from Bishop Michael Eldon School are enthralled with the waters of Bimini’s famous Fountain of Youth.  (Photo courtesy of Bahamas Educational Tours) Grade one BMES teachers, Nodia Hanna and Petal Fawcett-Archer were extremely satisfied with the trip’s success.  “Our kids are troopers,” Hanna expressed.  “They totally enjoyed dipping their fingers into the water pail at the Fountain of Youth and seeing and touching a live Bimini Boa Constrictor on the nature trail.”

Similarly, parents who traveled along were just as excited to experience Bimini’s delights, snapping photos with their children in front of a colourful iguana and listening attentively alongside them at the boat building workshop. “Trips like these allow us to share in their childhood studies and memories.” commented one father who took a day off from work to accompany his son, “For me, this is priceless.”

Such experiences continue to motivate BET to reach out to even more schools throughout the country, giving them an opportunity to expose countless more students to the boundless beauty of The Bahamas.  “We provide guided group tours to all of the major islands, with Nassau and Bimini being among our most popular,” stated Coburn.  “In addition, any of tours can be personalized to accommodate adult groups interested in retreats, reunions, or other travel.”

According to Coburn, each island receives an economic injection from their visits through transportation rentals, food and beverage tabs, and the purchase of souvenirs and other incidentals.  “Along with servicing our groups, BET also believes in creating synergies and supporting the communities we visit.  These guided school trips are definitely a win-win for all,” she added.

Photo 1: BIMINI FERRY RIDE: Visiting Grand Bahama students, teachers and parents enjoy an open-air ferry ride during a one-day trip to Bimini organized by Bahamas Educational Tours.  (Photo courtesy of Bahamas Educational Tours)

Photo 2: BMES AT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Eager first graders from Bishop Michael Eldon School are enthralled with the waters of Bimini’s famous Fountain of Youth.  (Photo courtesy of Bahamas Educational Tours)

Bahamas Educational Tours offers inclusive school field trip packages among other group packages. They are located on Grand Bahama and can be reached at: (242) 349-2097; (242) 602-0127; (242) 533-6392; or online at www.bahamaseducationaltours.com


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