Cumberland County students and staff went on a 10-day tour of Egypt from Jan. 7 to 16 of 2010. 31 people, including community members of Cumberland County attended this life-changing excursion. The trip was headed and organized by staff members, Octava Nash, James Cowles, and Arthur Horn.
Why Egypt? Miss Nash responded, “ I was taking African American History I and discovered that Egypt is the beginning of all civilization. So naturally Egypt seemed like the best starting point for her students to experience the birthing point of the society we live in today.”
The trip began in Cairo, Egypt and then a cruise ship took them to a town called Aswan. “Aswan,” James Cowles replied, “was my favorite village to visit because the people there made me feel as if I was finally at home.” Another one of his most unforgettable experiences while in Egypt was watching and meeting the people in the Numbian Village. Here he experienced how hard the people really work. He witnessed the making of Egyptian cotton and said that everything they produced in the Village was made by hand. The people of the Numbian Village worked diligently, and are a very peaceful and welcoming people. Cowles added, “I was blessed to be invited into the homes of the villagers, as well as their schools; and while I was there, I got to hold, play, and kiss the families, and let us not forget they let me hold their pet crocodile!”
Cruising the ancient and majestic Nile River was obviously a favorite of all who attended the trip. The group stopped at each port and had the opportunity to visit each village and interact with the many different villagers. Everlasting impressions from the townspeople followed them home.
Students had endless opportunities for enlightenment and wonderment. They rode camels through the desert, and the non-claustrophobic students were able to crawl into the narrow tunnels that led into the pyramids. They also visited the Cairo Museum where they were granted a first-hand look at King Tut’s treasures and his mask. The Giza pyramid was a favorite of many because engineers still cannot replicate these magnificent structures is amazing to behold.
Students and staff also learned much about King Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, whom was the most powerful and celebrated Pharaoh in all of Egypt. His statues and monuments are scattered across Egypt. Arthur Horn(who’s this? Need title) states, “ Ramses II was to the Egyptians, what George Washington is to the American people.” Appointed prince at the age of fourteen, Ramses led several military expeditions, re-asserting Egyptian control over Canaan. He ruled for sixty-six years and was regarded by future pharaohs as the “Great Ancestor”.
The trip was and unforgettable and remarkable journey for all who were involved and has left everlasting impressions on all. Special Thanks to Octava Nash, James Cowles, and Arthur Horn for their heartfelt and informative insight and memories.