This project came about after a conversation with my students. It became clear that very few of them had ever been camping, or even out of south Louisiana. I was immediately moved to set up a trip to the Smokey Mountains ( a place I consider spectacularly beautiful). We spent 6 days camping, hiking, swimming, driving through the mountains, and having an awesome time.
The boys were wonderfully supportive and helpful at all points. They really looked out for each other. It was a wonderful experience for me, as the coordinator, to see them see mountains for the first time, or touch a waterfall.
Thank you all for your support and help in making this trip happen. You changed the life of these young men.