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Many positive educational points in Ireland trip
Article published on Wednesday, April 6, 2005
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Re: Seminole dance group’s bus hit with rocks during Ireland journey; March 31-April 6, Seminole Beacon (View related)
Editor:

While I appreciate that our dance group’s recent visit to Ireland to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Festival was mentioned in your paper, I don’t appreciate seeing the only negative aspect of the entire week given such attention. The facts of the story are accurate, but why mainly showcase the negative?

I would much rather read about how the Dancemoves group was the only dance group in either parade, or how the youngest performer in the entire Dublin parade, age 7, hails from Dancemoves. These facts were covered by a newspaper in Dublin, and they were broadcast on European television.

It was amazing to see a group of kids from Pinellas County given such an amazing opportunity – this was the first trip out of the USA for almost all of these kids! In addition to the performances in the Dublin parade, the Limerick parade, and the Bunratty village, this group came home with a much greater knowledge of another way of life.

Many of them kissed the Blarney Stone. Everyone got to see the Atlantic Ocean from the “other side.” They stayed in a hotel that was once the home of George Bernard Shaw. They saw some of the world’s oldest printed books and the Book of Kells at Trinity College. They ate dinner in a real medieval castle. Many saw mountains for the first time.

The rock-throwing incident was just an hour or two of our week-long trip, and in comparison to all of the other activities we experienced, I don’t think it is really worth more than a paragraph. However, even in this instance, the kids all learned a valuable lesson about life.

Hopefully, they will reflect on it when they have the urge to do something or see their peers doing something crazy (we all know that this is a common occurrence) and remember that the outcome of their actions could be much worse than what they are imagining.

While I have my opinion, I know some people disagree, and this short incident will be the first thing that they mention when asked about the trip. I guess that is the difference between thinking positive and being negative.

Julia Melucci
Largo
Article published on Wednesday, April 6, 2005
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