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11/29/2012 2:59:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Pateros students and staff are ready to do some fund raising for their summertime journey to Washington, D.C. Pictured in the back row, left to right: Joy McCulley, Kathryn Johnson, Fiona Maitland, Tracy Miller, Brandy Woodward, Bobbi Hall and Jim Field. Front row: Luis Solis, Vanessa Figueroa and Debbie Gelstin. Not pictured: Lauren Gelstin. Photo by Jennifer Marshall
A patriotic trip for Pateros

Jennifer Marshall Best
Herald Staff Writer

PATEROS - A group of teens and school staff in Pateros hope to go to our nation's capital this summer, and they're willing to work for it.

The goal of the trip is "extending the classroom walls, getting out there and seeing the world," said Joy McCulley, the school's social studies teacher and reading specialist. "We're excited."

Seven junior high and high school students, along with four adults, are raising money for a planned June 10-14 trip to Washington, D.C. They're selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts between now and Christmas, and they're open to any job or chore the community is willing to hire them to do, McCulley said. People can even sponsor a student if they wish.

Meanwhile, the students are applying for scholarships.

The cost is about $2,200 per student and $2,500 per adult. For a couple of the kids, this will be their first plane ride and/or their first trip out of state, McCulley said.

The itinerary includes a stop in Williamsburg, Va., on their first night to participate in a program telling the story of 18th century African Americans. From there, they'll visit places such as the Jamestown settlement, Alexandria, Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian, the White House, Ford's Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was shot, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and various other presidential, war and veterans memorials.

The students will also place a wreath with the Pateros school colors on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, McCulley said.

Kathryn Johnson is looking forward to seeing the Holocaust Memorial, and fellow student Brandy Woodward said she's excited to travel with her friends.

The trip will be organized through the WorldStrides DiscoverNow! Program, an accredited student travel organization. McCulley said she hopes this will become a regular tradition for the area's kids.

There are still about five seats open for the trip. If you're interested in joining or hiring the kids, call the school at 923-2343 or e-mail jmcculley@pateros.org.



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