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September 16, 2018

G2S student embarks on Egypt ‘adventure’

Logan Kibbey is not your average 12-year-old, and his 2018-19 school year as a Gateway to Success Academy student promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

On Thursday night in Chicago, Kibbey and his mother, Nanette Kibbey-Scribner, boarded a plane to the other side of the world; specifically Cairo, Egypt, where Logan will spend the school year.

It’s a 20-hour flight, all told — about 13 hours from Chicago to Jordan and another seven hours from Jordan to Cairo — but Logan is undaunted by the journey. He’s already a seasoned traveler, having been “pretty much all over the United States,” as well as to Canada. He’s even been to Cairo before, so he’s an old pro by now.

“I’ve been there before, so I guess it’s really going to be a long-stay vacation I guess you could say,” he said.

Kibbey is making the voyage to the Middle East to join up with his sister, Alyssa, who recently earned her doctorate in pharmacy at Ferris State University, and his brother-in-law.

“My sister moved there because her husband is working on his master’s, so they moved there a couple months ago,” he said. “We weren’t really planning on going there, but after she went we learned that she’s going to have a baby. So my mom said, ‘Well, looks like we’re going to be going over there.’”

While it will be a change for his friends and for his family, Kibbey maintained a laid-back demeanor Monday afternoon at Gateway to Success, where he and Virtual Learning Coach Phil Quinlan were getting making some of the final arrangements necessary to keep Kibbey engaged and enrolled in the school from 7,000 miles away.

In fact, Kibbey said he transferred to Gateway to Success specifically because the school was best suited to accommodate his needs during his year abroad.

“They give me all the materials I’ll need over there for taking videos, pictures — all that kind of stuff,” he said. “I have tests that I can take on my laptop for my grade level, and also I can do hands-on learning stuff and building.”

Those materials include a GoPro camera — two, actually — and a Chromebook, as well as access to learning software and applications like Trello, Flibgrid and Zoom, which will allow Kibbey to have face-to-face access to Quinlan and other virtual learning students on a daily basis.

The virtual learning software helps Gateway to Success teachers keep a promise they make to every student, according to Quinlan: to have face-to-face interaction with students every day.

“Our promise at G2S is that we interface with students every day, face-to-face,” Quinlan said. “That’s a challenge with Logan because (Superintendent) Jamie (Bandstra) isn’t going to let me fly out to Egypt too often.”

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