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Zebras plan trip to Washington DC

By: BY CORINNE LEWIS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS MESSENGER
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The Smithsonian Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, Ford’s Theatre, the White House, Capitol Hill, the Holocaust Museum and so much more all in one trip? While some might say that’s impossible, if you’re going on the Lincoln High School Washington D.C. trip, the impossible is about to become possible! Twenty-four historical sites will be visited in one four-day trip, starting June 6. “As a history teacher, I wanted to do a trip that was history-focused and this was the perfect opportunity,” said Brett Lewis, Lincoln High teacher and trip organizer. Students will visit other historically significant sites such as the Pentagon Memorial, Mount Vernon, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Vietnam Wall Memorial. Lewis is inviting all Lincoln High students, no matter their age or grade, to be a part of the trip. “I think it’s a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip for a high schooler,” Lewis said, “I mean they do eighth-grade trips like this but to do all these things when you’re a little more mature will be more beneficial. It’s going to be awesome!” There will be an informational half-hour meeting in school room 34 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. With a down payment of $99 and a total cost of $2,013 for students, it might scare a lot of the parents away but don’t stress, fundraisers will be offered before the trip to help get as many students to Washington as possible. Scholarships are also available for households making less than $85,000 per year, ranging from $200 to $400, to help out with the expense of the trip. The payment covers all meals, airline tickets, hotel rooms and transportation. The only extra money students will need to bring is for souvenir shopping. “As a history teacher, I am really excited about going and taking as many kids as I can,” Lewis said. Parents are also welcome to go on the trip with a slightly higher price than the students. To any local residents who would like to donate to students, contact Lewis at blewis@wpusd.k12.ca.us or attend the Oct. 23 informational meeting. Corinne Lewis is a Zebra Tales reporter at Lincoln High School.