Sundance Travels to the Grand Canyon West with Local Las Vegas High School Students

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Sundance Helicopters has been a community partner and strong supporter of the Clark County School District (CCSD) since SY 2016-2017, delivering awe-inspiring experiences to students and teachers by hosting field trips to the Grand Canyon. One class is selected each month based on applications through the CCSD School-Community Partnership Program. We had the pleasure early this year to travel with a few journalism students from Eldorado High School, located in the Northeast Las Vegas valley area, for this full school day adventure.  

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For the majority of these students, many have not had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon despite it being just a few hours’ drive away. This Sundance-sponsored field trip was definitely an exciting, learning getaway for the class. 

Alma Vasquez, a senior at Eldorado High School, made sure she did not miss the chance to be part of this field trip. For Alma, the Grand Canyon was an escape from the daily routines at home. Helping her family raise 7 siblings can be tiring. This was her moment to relax and take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon. 

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Another member of this group was knowledge-hungry Elizabeth Farias, a freshman in high school. When she found out about the field trip, she was the first to write a compelling story as to why she should be part of this trip. Elizabeth has always been drawn to the animals and the mythical aspects of the Native American stories of the Grand Canyon. She visited the Grand Canyon before but enjoyed it as a tourist. This time, she wanted to put on her historian hat and really learn about the culture and history of the canyon. 

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Upon arriving at Grand Canyon West Rim, students had access to Eagle Point and the Skywalk, where they peered over the rim of the Grand Canyon and walked on the horseshoe-shaped glass bridge suspended nearly 4,000 feet above the canyon floor.

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A group of Hualapai dancers were at Eagle point to showcase their cultural dances to tourists visiting the Skywalk. A couple of students joined on the action to take part of the Hualapai culture. They stopped at several stops to learn about the traditional Native American dwellings and hopi hunt from the Hopi Native Americans.

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The students also visited Guano Point, where they had panoramic views of the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, and had the opportunity to see remnants of a historic tram that stretched 8,800 feet across the Canyon to a guano mine.

After a long day, the students and teachers enjoyed pictures in front of our Airbus AS350 helicopter. Several students went inside the aircraft for photo opportunities. For many of the students, they had never seen a helicopter up close.

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Kathy H., Magnet Theme Coordinator at Eldorado High School, thanked Sundance for “hosting our trip to the Grand Canyon.  The students and staff all had a wonderful experience.” 

The students of Eldorado high school enjoyed their trip to the Grand Canyon and did not miss the opportunity to thank the Sundance team for sponsoring their visit to the Grand Canyon.

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To learn more about our opportunity with the Clark Country School District in Las Vegas, please read more here.

Alex Younger