GROTON -- Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Principal Michael Mastrullo introduced School Committee members to a new "global schools" initiative at the high school wherein students would be "exposed to the world."

According to Mastrullo, Groton-Dunstable was "not a diverse place" and students needed to have their "global awareness" raised by a more "active participation in global society."

They would do so by taking designated classes and earning a "global competency diploma."

As part of the program, Mastrullo told school officials that every student would have the opportunity to travel overseas and for those who could not afford to travel, fundraising activities would be conducted to earn the money they needed.

Already this year, some high-school students will be traveling to China to attend a conference on global leadership. In 2016, other trips are planned for Ecuador and Italy, and in 2017 to Germany and the Dominican Republic.

-- Pierre Comtois