Krum Middle School students, parents and teachers will embark on a trip in January that some are calling an experience of a lifetime.
Between Jan. 19 and Jan. 22, 50 seventh- and eighth-graders, accompanied by 19 parent chaperones and six Krum teachers will travel to Washington, D.C. Their itinerary includes watching the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, as well as visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Ford’s Theatre and the Pentagon Memorial.
Robin Amos, a seventh-grade Texas history teacher, said she’s also attempting to confirm a visit to the White House during the trip.
“I’ve never had more than 35 kids go, so this is a lot different,” she said. “I was shocked at how many kids signed up for this one.”
Amos said this will be her third excursion to the Northeast with Krum students since 2006 and the second to Washington, D.C. About three or four years ago, she took students to Philadelphia, Pa., she said. The trip, generally taken in the summer or during spring break, was moved up this school year to the week of the inauguration.
What made this year’s trip appealing for so many, she said, was an opportunity to witness a presidential inauguration.
“I know that’s why a lot of my parents are going because it’s a once in a lifetime chance,” Amos said.
Fliers about the January trip were distributed to students and their families, and a meeting discussing specifics of the trip took place last April, she said. A few fundraisers have been hosted in recent months for the trip and students had a garage sale this summer to raise money. Those going on the trip have until this month to pay the remaining balance on the $979-per-person trip, Amos said.
For students who’ve taken the trip in the past, it was “a huge learning experience,” Amos said.
“They’ve got to see things that they’ve learned and hear about,” she said. “I’ve had kids come back and talk about the trip.
“I think it’s good for them to see instead of always hearing about it.”
Students like Carter Hanson, who has an interest in American history and its presidents, is looking forward to viewing the nation’s capital. The seventh-grader said he’s excited to see the White House and tour a city that’s so connected to how the country functions.
“I’m actually really excited,” he said.“I think it is going to be really cool learning about our country’s past and what we might be in for in the future.”
Ashleigh Wiley, another seventh-grader, said she thinks the trip is one she won’t soon forget.
“I think I’m going to have a lot of stories from Washington,” she said. “I think I’ll remember it for a long time.”
Though nervous about the large crowds expected for the inauguration, Ashleigh said she’s excited about the overall trip and being a witness to things considered historic. She said she looks forward to visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, something she’s currently learning about. Ashleigh said what appealed to her about the trip was an opportunity to see new places and things she’s never seen before.
“I guess to me I’m glad I get to go because it’s not something everyone is getting to do,” she said. “I’m thankful to go.”
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