>Ridgewood students’ exchange trip unexpectedly extended
Saturday, April 17, 2010
BY JOYCE VENEZIA SUSS
The Ridgewood News
A group of Ridgewood High School (RHS)students and several chaperones on a two-week exchange trip in Oelde, Germany,have received an unexpected trip extension because of the volcanic ash plume hovering over much of Europe.
The 15 students and three teachers were scheduled to fly home to New Jersey early Friday morning, said RHS Principal Jack Lorenz. But they received word Thursday night that their flight was canceled because planes cannot fly through the volcanic ash.
Fortunately, Lorenz said, “they are not sitting in the airport in Dusseldorf. Their host families in Oelde have taken them back, and they are safe and comfortable, and having an extended learning experience. Oelde is a beautiful little town.”