Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2005

LHS students to attend inauguration

January 13, 2005

Twelve Lansing High School sophomores and juniors will witness history in the making Jan. 19 when they go to Washington, D.C., for a trip to the presidential inauguration.

LHS world studies teacher Tracy Hutton said she thought the trip would be an invaluable history lesson. But witnessing history isn't cheap. The trip will cost each student $1,180. Hutton said that demand and increased security measures were two factors contributing to the price of the trip. It's almost as expensive as going overseas, she said.

Hutton began preparing for the trip last February. More than 25 students applied to go on the trip. Students had to have letters of recommendation and write an essay about why they wanted to go to the inauguration.

To make the trip more affordable, the students have been raising money.

"Some students paid for the trip outright, but most of them helped pay for the trip through fund-raisers," Hutton said. "They really invested themselves in raising money for the trip. They worked their tails off."

Over the summer, students made more than 200 purses and bags out of Capri Sun juice boxes to sell. They sold small bags for $10, medium bags for $15 and large bags for $20. The group also played host to two garage sales, and one student cleaned out horse stalls to help pay for her trip. The group continued its efforts this fall, raising more than $200 through raffles at football games. They also sold candles, with the top seller earning more than $300 to put toward the trip.

Hutton, her husband and two other sponsors will accompany the students to many historical hot spots in the nation's capital and attend a full day of inauguration events.

Upon arriving Jan. 19 in Washington, the Lansing group will meet up with groups from Greenfield Central High School from Indiana and Norman High School from Oklahoma. The three groups will form a tour group and travel around the city together.

From left: Brandon Rimmey, Ventura Layton, Jennifer Birdsall, Sarah Sargent

From left: Brandon Rimmey, Ventura Layton, Jennifer Birdsall, Sarah Sargent

The students will start their whirlwind trip at the American History museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Natural History Museum, National Art Gallery and Air and Space Museum. Later, they will visit Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson memorials.

On Jan. 20, inauguration day, the group will go to the ceremonies where they will witness the official swearing-in ceremony, listen to President Bush's inaugural address and attend the inauguration parade. Later they will go to an inaugural ball at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. Here the Lansing group will join students from across the United States.

On Jan. 21, the group will venture to Alexandria, Va., visit Mount Vernon and other sites. Later, they will return to Washington for a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and a photo stop at the White House.

On the final day of the trip, Jan. 22, students will visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress before flying back to Kansas in the afternoon.

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