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Online Media Kit About WorldStrides WorldStrides is the largest and most trusted student educational travel organization in the country committed to providing inclusive, rewarding, fun, easy, and educational travel experiences for students and teachers. WorldStrides’ unparalleled dedication to hands-on learning, peace of mind, and team-based support allows it to deliver the quality programs that educators expect. Due to its rare accredited status given by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS), WorldStrides is the first organization of its kind to be a supplemental education school. Accreditation recognizes educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality and entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. WorldStrides has provided a variety of educational travel programs to more than three million elementary, middle, and high school students since its inception in 1967. As many as 200,000 students in a given year have traveled with WorldStrides to destinations throughout the United States and the world. Mission Enriching Students’ Lives through Experiential Travel WorldStrides’ Experience Because WorldStrides is the nation’s first accredited student travel organization, educators, parents, and students can trust WorldStrides to offer the finest programs available today. In over 40 years, thousands of teachers from all 50 states and several foreign countries have traveled with WorldStrides, but they did not travel alone. Over 350 travel and education specialists supported teachers, their students, and their parents. WorldStrides works behind the scenes to ensure a safe, fun, educational, and memorable experience for each participant. We are dedicated to helping students discover history, science, and the performing arts in a whole new way. All of the programs use an integrated learning approach that focuses on hands- on learning and on-site discovery. Additionally, WorldStrides awards free professional development to teachers and gives students the opportunity to earn high school credit by providing them with pre-program, on-site, and post-program course work. With this approach, learning goes beyond the cognitive level, creating a “real world” experience. Our Guiding Principles Education: We will offer programs with recognized and sound educational objectives. Care: We will treat our customers, vendors, and fellow employees with honesty, respect, and professionalism. We will provide the highest level of safety for all participants and employees through training and financial investment. Excellence: Our products and services will be the highest quality programs available. We will consistently strive to improve the experiences provided for students and teachers. Integrity: We will maintain our position as the ethical leader in the student travel industry. We will provide a work environment based upon trust and respect. Stability: We will partner with leading financial institutions to provide the highest level of financial stability and reliability. Our participants’ investments are secure through our membership in USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program. History/Timeline 1964 Phil Wendel, a middle school social studies teacher from Chicago, discovered the incredible experience of traveling to Washington, D.C. with his students. 1967 Wendel was so encouraged by the powerful effects travel had on his students’ understanding of history that he left teaching in 1967 to create Lakeland Tours - an educational student travel organization. Through his vision, the organization has become the industry leader in student travel. Since then the organization has worked with thousands of teachers and schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. 1998-2001 Lakeland Tours merged five of the country’s leading student travel companies: American Student Travel, Educational Field Studies, Heritage Festivals, Bowl Games of America, and Wider Horizons. 2001-2004 Lakeland Tours brought all of its acquired companies together under a single name, WorldStrides. WorldStrides acquired Classic Festivals in 2003 and renewed its accreditation status in 2004. 2007 WorldStrides celebrated its 40th anniversary. 2008 WorldStrides acquired Field Studies Center of New York, giving thousands of middle and high schoolers the unique opportunity to perform in New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. WorldStrides Press Contact WorldStrides Headquarters Wayne Williams WorldStrides Vice President, Marketing 590 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300 Phone: 434-982-8754 Charlottesville, VA 22911 Email: email@example.com www.worldstrides.org Fax: 434-982-8690 Toll-free Number: 1-800-999-7676 Online Media Kit Organization, Ownership, and Structure WorldStrides is jointly owned by organization management and by the private equity affiliates of two of the country's leading financial institutions: Charlesbank Capital Partners and Silverhawk Capital Partners. The WorldStrides Team All WorldStrides programs are led by a Program Leader from the school’s community who is most often a teacher, but sometimes a principal, parent, or coach. WorldStrides understands the demands placed on teachers. Therefore, every Program Leader is assigned a personal team of travel professionals, pre-trip and on-site, who work closely with them from the time they decide to travel until their group returns home safely. To support this team, WorldStrides has a staff of over 300 people, many of whom are former educators and all of whom are dedicated to making sure every aspect of our programs are a success. Management Team Jim Hall, Chief Executive Officer Fred O’Connor, Executive Vice President Jamie Gerber, Chief Financial Officer Accreditation & Endorsements WorldStrides is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS). This distinction allows WorldStrides to provide the opportunity for students to earn high school academic credit. In addition, WorldStrides also offers professional development to teachers in all 50 states. As part of an ongoing process to maintain accreditation, WorldStrides evaluates current programs, assesses student learning, and develops new programs and techniques to enhance the educational offering. In 2004, WorldStrides’ accreditation status was renewed. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has endorsed WorldStrides’ and our educational travel programs, and we are the only student travel organization to have received such recognition from this state school board. Professional Associations and Distinguished Memberships United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Tour Association (NTA) Texas Education Agency (TEA) American Society of Travel Agents Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) Student and Youth Travel Association of North International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) America (SYTA) College Board/Advanced Placement Washington, D.C. Convention and Visitors Corporation National Middle School Association (NMSA) Airlines Reporting Commission / International Airlines New Jersey Department of Education Travel Agent Network Illinois Department of Education National Association of Secondary School Principals Georgia Department of Education (NASSP) Washington Department of Education National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) WorldStrides Headquarters & Satellite Offices WorldStrides is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. The organization has satellite offices in Newport Beach, CA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Medford, NJ; Orlando, FL; New York, NY; Reno, NV; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Washington, D.C.; and Williamsburg, VA. Web Sites For more information about WorldStrides products and services, please visit us at one of our websites: WorldStrides www.worldstrides.org Christian Discoveries www.christiandiscoveries.org Heritage Festivals www.heritagefestivals.org Bowl Games of America www.bgaevents.org American High School Theatre Festival www.ahstf.org WorldStrides International Programs www.worldstridesabroad.org WorldStrides Press Contact WorldStrides Headquarters Wayne Williams WorldStrides Vice President, Marketing 590 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300 Phone: 434-982-8754 Charlottesville, VA 22911 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.worldstrides.org Fax: 434-982-8690 Toll-free Number: 1-800-999-7676 Online Media Kit Products WorldStrides designs interactive programs that enhance classroom instruction. Each travel program is a combination of curriculum, content, and fun. WorldStrides offers students a wide breadth of program options ranging from history and science to music and the performing arts. Each program is designed to stimulate higher-order thinking by asking students to comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate new information and ideas. Classroom lessons come to life when students feel, hear, and see American history, science, government, theater, and the world of music up close and in person. Listed below is a snapshot of WorldStrides product offerings (for a complete description of all WorldStrides programs, please visit the ‘Discover by Program’ section on www.worldstrides.org). Discovering the Historic East Coast Discover D.C. (Washington, D.C.) Discovering Our Past ( Williamsburg, VA) Make New York Yours (New York, NY) Discover Boston (Boston, MA) Birth of a Nation (Philadelphia, PA) Discovering the Golden State We Discover California (Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA) Our Westward Adventure (Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA) Enriching Students’ Lives Through Science Science in Motion (Orlando, FL) Splash into Science (Florida Keys and Everglades) Habitat: H2O (Florida Gulf Coast) Dive In: Life in the Field (Florida Keys, Gulf Coast, and Everglades) Costa Rica: Wild Science (Costa Rica, Central America) Discovering America Through Music Heritage Festivals: more than 100 festivals throughout the world each year Bowl Games of America: performances for spirited crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands at America's finest football classics and holiday parades Focus on Europe History, literature, and theatre programs in London, England History programs in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain History and arts programs in Paris, France History and arts programs in Rome and Florence, Italy Christian Discoveries Experience the Historic East Coast - Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Gettysburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY (programs are specifically designed for Christian schools) Special Events In addition to the educational and performance programs, WorldStrides coordinates travel and activities for the following organizations: American High School Theatre Festival - A festival that runs in conjunction with the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the world's largest performing arts festival, which takes place each August in Edinburgh, Scotland) Boy Scouts of America Jamboree/Philmont Center for Civics Education Inauguration D.C. 2009 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) WorldStrides Press Contact WorldStrides Headquarters Wayne Williams WorldStrides Vice President, Marketing 590 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300 Phone: 434-982-8754 Charlottesville, VA 22911 Email: email@example.com www.worldstrides.org Fax: 434-982-8690 Toll-free Number: 1-800-999-7676 Online Media Kit Testimonials “For those to whom learning is important and valued there is no better choice. I feel my daughter got more out of her WorldStrides program than any learning within the classroom setting. What a gift to give, the enhancement of education! I can think of nothing more important or better for students and their future.” Cori Matthews, Parent Oregon "About a year ago I went on a WorldStrides trip with my eighth grade class to Washington, D.C. I can honestly say that I will never be the same. I was awestruck by all the beauty. I had never been to D.C. before. My breath was taken away when I got my first view of the Washington Monument. I had been waiting my whole life to go there, and all of a sudden there I was. Washington, D.C. is the most beautiful place I have ever been. I had such a blast with my friends, and I learned so much. I just want to say thank you to WorldStrides for this amazing trip. It was so amazing, everything went perfectly. I was touched so deeply inside. So again thank you! I hope that one day my kids will be able to go on a WorldStrides trip like I did." Betsy Jones, Student Tucson, AZ “I feel that this trip is something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The amount of memories I obtained from spending that one week in Paris are infinite…I gained a taste of life somewhere else and a sense of independence. The trip is something that has affected my life and will forever be with me.” Kristel Choy, Student Diamond Bar, California “What this science program to Florida offers the children I cannot even touch in the classroom or on a day field trip.” Jennifer, Teacher “Excellent trip! It was extremely educational. We learned so much about the flora, fauna, culture, and philosophy of the people of Costa Rica.” Jacqueline Heslop McCook, Parent Chaperone Florida “I have been with WorldStrides since the mid-1980’s and have always felt certain that the interests of the students, their parents, and my school were first on your list.” Mary Anne, Teacher Georgia “The Florida Keys trip was something that I will never forget. WorldStrides was so helpful, and it seemed as though all they cared about was our safety and making sure that we were having the best time of our lives. And we did have the time of our lives! I didn’t ever want to leave. Next year I will be going on the D.C. trip and I can’t wait! Thank you, WorldStrides, for being so awesome and making my class and I feel safe.” Paige, Student Wildwood, Florida “Thank you for giving my students a tremendous experience. Your company does a wonderful job of giving students the opportunity to see our nation's capital and understand what has made this country great. Even though they are aware of the current state of our nation's domestic and foreign affairs, the light, pride, and happiness they showed while seeing some of the sites, and of some many other groups with your company, gives me a hope of our nation's future. Once again, thank you. I will be seeing you in the future.” Sam Navarro, Teacher California “For 26 years, I brought students from my school to Washington, D.C., with WorldStrides. What kept me coming back? The answer could be seen on the faces and in the eyes of students when they saw the sights of Washington.” Gary Fiorio, former Teacher and current WorldStrides On-site Coordinator Pleasanton, California WorldStrides Press Contact WorldStrides Headquarters Wayne Williams WorldStrides Vice President, Marketing 590 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300 Phone: 434-982-8754 Charlottesville, VA 22911 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.worldstrides.org Fax: 434-982-8690 Toll-free Number: 1-800-999-7676