Mr. Shriver has been privileged to go on four trips with select students throughout his more recent years teaching at the high school, traveling to Puerto Rico twice, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. He will add Iceland in the coming weeks, but this wasn’t a trip he had in mind for a while.
“I hadn’t planned on taking a trip this year, it being my last year,” says Shriver, regarding when he initially decided to take the trip. “Then a lady called me in October and said, ‘How would you like to go to Iceland?’”
Shriver had several fears when he agreed to do this, one being Avonworth’s small population. “There’s no way I can get kids to go to Iceland,” he told me. “I followed her plan and 17 people are going.”
Not only that, but the group of 17 will be indulging in many activities. “We’re going to go see geysers, geothermal activity, farms where they grow crops, and they’re going to show us how they use geothermal activities to heat their homes and run their greenhouses.”
Shriver also commented on Iceland’s extremely ironic name. “There’s an old rumor that goes like this,” says Shriver. “Vikings discovered it and didn’t want anyone else to find it. So they called Greenland ‘Greenland,’ even though it’s mostly ice, and Iceland ‘Iceland’ when it’s mostly green. I don’t know if it’s true.”
The Iceland trip will take place after school ends.