Explore America, as it was originally known, has since changed its name to Education First, was started more than 50 years ago.
The story begins with a single teenager who discovered first-hand the power of experiential learning. This opened his eyes and changed his life forever.
It was 1960 and Swedish student Bertil Hult had spent years struggling with dyslexia. Unsure of his future, he moved to London for work. After only a few short months, he became fluent in English—a feat he never thought would be possible due to his learning disability. That discovery inspired Bertil to launch Education First (EF) in 1965—a company built on experiential learning practices that included cultural immersion and authentic connections. This experience is at the core of the educational philosophy for EF.
ONE GLOBAL MISSION
As EF now celebrates their 50th anniversary, Bertil and his family continue to lead EF. Through the years they have helped millions of people and become the world leader in international education by focusing on one global mission:
Opening the World Through Education
"As Fairview Schools leader for EF, this will be my 1th year in charge of Explore America. We use to go on a trip every other year, but then the classes became too large, so we started taking the juniors every year and that made their senior year a little less hectic. This is an all-inclusive trip for the students so there is nothing they have to pay for on the trip except personal trinkets or souvenirs. Any junior is allowed to go, as long as they want to put in the time and effort to help raise the money. We go every March and we travel to Washington D.C. and New York City. With this program, participants can travel anywhere in the world but I feel that every student should see these 2 places at least once in their lifetime. Many of the kids in our area may never get a chance to experience something like this and it is such a joy to get to be a part of it when they do." - Anndee Taylor
Our main fundraiser is the duck race that we do over Old Timers Festival in July. We sell rubber ducks for $20.00 a piece or 6 ducks for $100.00 and then we race them down the canal in Fairview about a quarter mile. First place winner receives $2000.00, 2nd place receives $1000.00, 3rd place receives $500.00 and the duck that comes in last gets $50.00. This year we raised over $42,000.
Our other fundraisers include all of the concessions for the sporting events at the school, Little Caesars pizzas that we sell in November and cuppuccino week in December. We have gotten this fundraising business down to a science. If the students get out there and do what they are supposed to do, they should be able to raise all the money needed for their trip with just these fundraisers.