Hi, this is Kevin LaCoco, and I’m excited to announce that I will be leading a group of South Loop Elementary School students on a WorldStrides program to Florida. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, students will explore diverse ecosystems, come face-to-face with amazing wildlife, and experience incomparable learning moments. This will be a trip that your child will be talking about for years to come! See below for important information about our trip and email me at klacoco@cps.edu if you have questions!


  • 03/07/2022 to 03/10/2022


  • Trip Price: $2,157 per student - Register by February 26, 2021

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  • Transportation to & from Destination
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Admission to all Attractions
  • Meals
  • Course Leader
  • Night Chaperones
  • 24-Hour Emergency Support
  • Accident & Medical Insurance
  • Opportunity to Earn Free Academic Credit

Info Session

When: February 16 2021, 6:30 pm

Google Meet link:  meet.google.com/ugz-zpay-zsd Join by phone: (US) +1 262-546-6318 PIN: 689602101

Learn more about our Florida—Science in Motion Travel Programs!

Our Trip Highlights

Here’s a sample list of some of the many attractions and activities the students will see and do on this trip. This trip is going to be so much fun and the students are going to learn so much!

Disney’s Magic Kingdom®

Even if you’ve been to Disney’s Magic Kingdom® before, you’ve never seen it like this! Participate in behind-the-scenes seminars available only to school groups, like Properties in Motion where you’ll “test” the rides to explore the laws of physics!  After lunch, we’ll have plenty of time to take in the shows and other attractions.

Disney's Magic Kingdom, Florida

Animal Kingdom®

Encounter real and mythical animals while embarking on the Kilimanjaro Safari® across the African Savannah or riding a high altitude roller coaster in Expedition Everest™ to escape the legendary yeti. We’ll have time to explore the park and see the over 2,000 animals that call Animal Kingdom home.

Animal Kingdom, Orlando Florida

Wild Florida: Conservation Up Close

Explore Florida’s most unique ecosystem and gain a greater awareness of its endangered species.  We’ll take an airboat ride, enjoy a BBQ lunch, and then experience the Safari Park Drive-Thru to see over 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. Expanding across 85 acres of untouched scenic landscapes, our wildlife and safari park presents a unique opportunity to bring you up close and personal with wild animals such as giraffes, zebra, eland antelope, scimitar oryx, American bison, mouflon sheep, and more!

Gatorland, Florida

The Health and Safety of our Travelers is our #1 Priority

For more than 50 years, WorldStrides been known for industry-leading health and safety in educational travel. COVID-19 is surely unprecedented, but WorldStrides has been tackling “unprecedented” for decades. Our experienced team is leading the way, and constantly evolving to meet new requirements for health and safety that are imperative in this environment.  In addition to the new measures being implemented to address COVID-19, WorldStrides has an extensive network in place to ensure the health and safety of all our travelers.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Expertly trained Course Leaders to guide your group. Course Leaders are destination experts and will help bring learning to life for your students while navigating them through your itinerary.
  • On-Site Coordinators: WorldStrides staff members who are with you around the clock at your hotel to assist with any needs that may arise during your stay.  (In some destinations, on-site coordinators will be replaced with 24-hour Course Leaders.)
  • Doctors on Call: our exclusive partnership with the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University
  • Tour Central: 24/7 local support office ready to assistance travelers at a moments notice

Click here for full details on our updated health and safety measures that will be in place for your trip.  


course leader

Tools to Help Pay for the Trip

Flag Financial Assistance

  • Over $2.5 million in financial assistance is given out each year
  • Families with annual adjusted gross incomes of up to $85,000 may qualify
  • One simple call to WorldStrides Customer Service (800-468-5899) can tell you how much assistance may be available even before registering for the trip.  (FLAG Financial Assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; FLAG applications for trips taking place in 2021 is current closed however assistance is still available for trips taking place in 2022.)

Gift of Education Fundraiser

  • Student driven fundraiser where 100% of the money raised goes to offset the trip price
  • Students send e-cards, letters, or share links on Facebook / Instagram, and family and friends, in one simple click, can make a direct donation
  • Thousands of students pay for their entire trip each year through the Gift of Education

Affordable Payment Plans

  • Pay a small initial deposit to sign up for the trip
  • The remaining balance is spread out into small amounts and paid monthly prior to travel
  • Set up auto-deductions from your account saving you time and money