GEMS holds raffle for 8th grade field trip to Washington and the Big AppleBy: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
A raffle drawing will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 on the Glen Edwards Middle School campus. The raffle is to help fund an East Coast trip for eighth-graders. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, six for $25 or 25 for $100 and can be purchased by calling Sruti Vadgama at 673-8699.
Generally speaking, when it comes to school field trips, they can be fairly predictable—a bus ride to the candy factory, a workshop at a big box store. But this summer, Glen Edwards Middle School students get to take a field trip about which others can only dream.
In June, 25 Glen Edwards Middle School eighth-graders will embark on a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. and New York where they’ll visit famous museums and locations — the Lincoln Memorial, the White House and the Statue of Liberty — and learn a little history along the way.
“It’s going to be a good experience learning about history. We’ll get to see the Statue of Liberty and a play about Spiderman,” said Rea Vadgama, an eighth-grader at Glen Edwards Middle School.
Teachers Lori Reitman (math and history) and Jason Noonan, (broadcast and technology) will accompany the students on what Reitman calls the “trip of a lifetime.”
Reitman said that many of the students have never experienced the world outside of Lincoln.
“Many of these kids have never been on an airplane, never left Lincoln. They’ll get to see history in the making and places that many adults have never seen,” Reitman said.
Noonan said that the students “come back with an expanded view of the world that they take out into life.”
Lincoln’s businesses have made generous cash and raffle contributions to the cause, including tickets to Disneyland, deluxe golf packages and a Monterey hotel stay. Other items donated for the April 13 raffle are restaurant and spa gift cards, a two-night stay in Reno and Sonoma Speedway tickets. More than 60 prizes have been donated.
Local restaurants such as Kim’s Country Kitchen, Beermann’s and the Whistle Stop Café have contributed part of their sales to the fundraiser, according to a press release from trip coordinators. Prize donations are still being accepted.
Some of the students have contributed to the trip fund by donating tips they made while waiting on tables at Kim’s Country Kitchen. The trip will cost about $2,300 per student.
“The support of this community is overwhelming,” Reitman said. “Their generosity and their continuous support over the years have been amazing.”
The raffle drawing will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 on the Glen Edwards Middle School campus. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Tickets are $5 each, six for $25 or 25 for $100. They can be purchased by calling Sruti Vadgama at 673-8699.
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