Senior class trip a Eudora tradition
If history is any indication, faculty and sponsors will have as good a time as the students they accompany on this year's Eudora High senior trip.
On Saturday 55 EHS seniors and nine sponsors will take the annual class trip to Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. While there, the group will participate in activities including bumper cars, go carts, outdoor sports and canoeing, to name a few.
This year's trip will the 32nd Larry McPherson has organized and the 30th he's attended. McPherson said the location works well for the trips because it offers a variety of activities.
McPherson said he's had many good experiences on the trips and rarely has problems with students.
"In all the years, I've threatened to send only one young man home," the EHS activities director said. "But, he straightened up."
Just because EHS students might appear to be on their best behavior, that doesn't mean McPherson lets his guard down. A night watchman at the resort is directed to keep an open eye and McPherson does the same.
"I stay up until the lights all go out but that doesn't mean they're in bed," he said.
However, there are times when sponsors cause some mischief of their own. One year, McPherson was responsible for getting the group kicked out of a go cart track.
"A kid came up behind me and bumped me," McPherson said. "When he came around, I bumped him off the track. The manger didn't take kindly to that."
The group was able to enter the track the next day.
EHS track coach Dave Durkin has sponsored the trip since 1979. Durkin said he enjoys the trips because it breaks down the barrier of the student-teacher relationship and builds a stronger bond.
"You seen them in a different light," he said. "I think they see the sponsors and the teachers in a different light too with their hair down."