Mama, I’m Coming Home

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

There is no way to adequately communicate how proud you would be of these students and the way they have pushed themselves through very early mornings like today. The bags were packed, meals eaten, and buses departed by 7am. There was noticeable excitement on the bus to get home and see parents, pets, and even a few siblings.

The teachers, administrators, and chaperones made a collective decision that arriving at 11:30pm was not going to cut it so the trip blogger got promoted to travel Nazi, and we came up with a plan to shed some travel time. Phase one of the plan was to create a competition between the boys and girls to see who could finish their Cracker Barrel lunch first. The lunch orders were out of the children’s mouths before the waitresses had finished the welcome, people were paying and using the bathrooms while the food was still being prepared, and the boys were running back on the bus in 54 minutes and 48 seconds. George Washington would have been proud. The girls made a valiant effort, but finished up about 13 minutes later. We are now 35 minutes ahead of schedule.

Phase two: our scheduled ‘recess’ stop was turned into a quick restroom break and just enough running around to allow the girls to catch up. We are now 50 minutes ahead of schedule and there is not a more important number on the bus than our GPS ETA.

Our bus drivers are fully behind our cause at this point pushing the buses to the limit of their governors and quickly making course corrections around accidents utilizing country roads as necessary. This is probably a good time to talk about the legend that is Terry. Terry is the boys’ bus driver who has won the hearts of everyone on the trip. Terry, a very large former football player and corrections officer who seamlessly blends teddy bear and Incredible Hulk, loved these kids, giving each student a high five every time they loaded and unloaded from the bus. Only Ms. Sherrick was able to squelch chants like “Terry! Terry! Terry!,” “Terry 2020!,” “What’s your favorite food? Terry-aki!” or, my personal favorite, “What’s the best dinosaur? A Terry-dactyl!” It is truly astounding how much you can do with the name Terry.

Somewhere in the deceivingly large state of South Carolina, the students and chaperones all participated in the 15th annual Geneva’s Got Talent, brought to us by ‘Terry-ble Productions.’ We saw magic tricks, comedy routines (thank you Pax), skits, juggling, commercials, music and a grand finale by the Renfrow, Dietel,  and Davis trio singing “Sweet Williamsburg.”

The girls took advantage of their newer and faster (and better smelling) bus and pulled ahead, but that was time easily made up at the next Cracker Barrel…or so we thought. We made record time at dinner thanks in no small part to the chaperones who ordered a to-go box to arrive with their meal, but just as they were getting their first bites in the parking lot, we realized we had no bus drivers. The drivers for the last leg were an hour and a half late and all our progress is wiped away. This must be how Cornwallis felt at Yorktown.

Again, I just can’t say enough about the resilience of both the kids and chaperones as we watch the ETA creep back up toward 11pm. Somewhere around north Georgia the bus bathrooms were opened, cruise controls set, and these busses were not stopping until we see The Geneva School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In all, this was a tremendous trip where we learned the history of our country, deepened our friendships, and grew in our gratitude to God. The students are already looking ahead to the 6th grade trip to Washington DC, that is, if Jesus Terrys.

by Jim Davis, parent blogger

Road School

Are we there yet? Why don’t they turn on those TVs? How are we still in South Carolina? Can we watch the NBA playoffs where we are going? Is there Wifi on this bus? Did someone use the bus toilet? Was I supposed to bring a toothbrush?

In just about the time it would have taken us to fly to Tokyo, our bus caravan made it through five states to Williamsburg, VA. We battled device withdrawal, car sickness and Avengers: End Game spoilers, but we are here. A huge thanks to our teachers and administrator, Leslie Sherrick, Sarah Davenport and Keira Raesly, for all they did to get us here!

 

Our day started early at TGS. We divided into our chaperone groups, usually consisting of four students to one chaperone, and loaded up before sunrise. The first stretch was quiet as most students went back to sleep, but everyone was wide awake for our first break at the Georgia Welcome Center where we stretched our legs and took a group photo. Someone really needs to call their state congressman and tell them Floridians want to be welcomed with coffee!

This trip is all about cultural learning so we ate lunch at Savannah’s finest Cracker Barrel where the walls are littered with old items like radios, telephones, typewriters and stop lights. We quickly felt old when we realized that many of the children had no idea what those items were! Each child is given cash for the day and taught to budget two meals and factor in tax and tips. We soon saw who the spenders and savers were! The chaperones put their dialectic skills to the test as they worked to convince the children that 15 cents is not an appropriate tip for an $8 meal.

South Carolina seemed like it would never end, and road construction didn’t help any, but the kids were great occupying themselves with card games, books, and stories. We stopped at a rest area and brought out the frisbees, footballs, and soccer balls to work out some energy inside a well established parental perimeter. Then, back in the bus for some more South Carolina. I don’t think the Pacific Ocean made Louis and Clark happier than the North Carolina state line made these buses.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so we ate at another Cracker Barrel in North Carolina and we all observed how the accents have noticeably changed. Many of the boys ate quickly so they could maximize their checkers time before getting back on the road. The staff of both Cracker Barrels commented on what a well behaved and well mannered group we have. We were proud leaders, but you should be even more proud parents.

Once on the bus, the children worked on a devotional and then….finally…. got to watch a movie as we left North Carolina for the basketball country of Virginia:) We arrived at our hotel and managed to get most of the teeth brushed before bed.

As we ‘road school’ this week, our hope is that we would be travelers instead of mere tourists. Maybe even time travelers. Would you please join us in praying that we wouldn’t just learn history, but meet it.

by Jim Davis, parent blogger

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April 23, 2024
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    Date: April 22, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • US Praise and Prayer

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 7:30 am- 8:00 am
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  • Varsity Beach Volleyball District Semi Final & Final

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
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  • K4 Garden Club

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 1:20 pm- 2:20 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Tennis Regional vs. Cornerstone Charter

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • 1st & 2nd Grade Garden Club

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Philharmonia Orchestra

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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April 24, 2024
  • 6th Gr - DC Trip

    Date: April 22, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • House Meetings/No Chapel

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 9:25 am- 10:10 am
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  • Kindergarten Garden Club

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 2:15 pm- 3:15 pm
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  • Youth Track K4-Kindergarten 2:30-3:15; 1-5 3:15-4:15PM

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 2:30 pm- 4:15 pm
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  • Typing Class (4th-8th Grade)

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:20 pm- 4:20 pm
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  • 3rd & 4rt Grade Garden Club

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Brioso Choir

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • NHS Tutoring

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Stitch Lab (3rd–6th)

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Varsity Baseball Home Game vs Legacy

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
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April 25, 2024
  • 6th Gr - DC Trip

    Date: April 22, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Tea with Mr. Tumnus (Smith & Gilmartin)

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 1:30 pm- 2:05 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Tea with Mr. Tumnus (Swain and Gutierrez)

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 2:15 pm- 2:50 pm
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  • Percussio

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:50 pm
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  • Softball Away Game - Beach Trip

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
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April 26, 2024
  • 4th Gr - Knighting Ceremony

    Date: April 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 3:00 pm
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  • Strategy & Board Games Club

    Date: April 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
    Time: 3:20 pm- 5:20 pm
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  • Youth Tennis K-5th Grade with Stefanie Majstorovic

    Date: April 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:45 pm
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April 27, 2024
  • Archery National Championships

    Date: April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Daddy-Daughter Dance (K4-6th Grade)

    Date: April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
    Time: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
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April 23, 2024
  • 6th Gr - DC Trip

    Date: April 22, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • US Praise and Prayer

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 7:30 am- 8:00 am
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  • Varsity Beach Volleyball District Semi Final & Final

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
    See more details

  • K4 Garden Club

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 1:20 pm- 2:20 pm
    See more details

  • Girls Varsity Tennis Regional vs. Cornerstone Charter

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm
    See more details

  • 1st & 2nd Grade Garden Club

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Philharmonia Orchestra

    Date: April 23, 2024 - April 23, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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April 24, 2024
  • 6th Gr - DC Trip

    Date: April 22, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Chamber Orchestra

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 7:15 am- 8:15 am
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  • House Meetings/No Chapel

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 9:25 am- 10:10 am
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  • Kindergarten Garden Club

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 2:15 pm- 3:15 pm
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  • Youth Track K4-Kindergarten 2:30-3:15; 1-5 3:15-4:15PM

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 2:30 pm- 4:15 pm
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  • Typing Class (4th-8th Grade)

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:20 pm- 4:20 pm
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  • 3rd & 4rt Grade Garden Club

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Brioso Choir

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • NHS Tutoring

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Stitch Lab (3rd–6th)

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
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  • Varsity Baseball Home Game vs Legacy

    Date: April 24, 2024 - April 24, 2024
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
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April 25, 2024
  • 6th Gr - DC Trip

    Date: April 22, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Tea with Mr. Tumnus (Smith & Gilmartin)

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 1:30 pm- 2:05 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Tea with Mr. Tumnus (Swain and Gutierrez)

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 2:15 pm- 2:50 pm
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  • Percussio

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:50 pm
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  • Softball Away Game - Beach Trip

    Date: April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
    Time: 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
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April 26, 2024
  • 4th Gr - Knighting Ceremony

    Date: April 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
    Time: 8:10 am- 3:00 pm
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  • Strategy & Board Games Club

    Date: April 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
    Time: 3:20 pm- 5:20 pm
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  • Youth Tennis K-5th Grade with Stefanie Majstorovic

    Date: April 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
    Time: 3:30 pm- 4:45 pm
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April 27, 2024
  • Archery National Championships

    Date: April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Daddy-Daughter Dance (K4-6th Grade)

    Date: April 27, 2024 - April 27, 2024
    Time: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
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