Students pack for Washington, D.C. trip

A CAPITOL IDEAL—Lindero Canyo Middle School students visit the nation’s seat of government during last year’s trip to Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va. The 2019 tour will take place during spring break. Courtesy photo

A CAPITOL IDEAL—Lindero Canyo Middle School students visit the nation’s seat of government during last year’s trip to Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va. The 2019 tour will take place during spring break. Courtesy photo

Registration has begun for the 42nd annual spring vacation student tour to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg.

The trip is open to local eighthgrade students and will take place during spring break 2019.

The non-school activity is led by local teachers and has involved more than 17,500 students including a second generation of participants whose parents who traveled when they were students.

Informational meetings will provide an overview of the trip and answer questions from parents. Parents and students can attend either meetings.

The meetings will run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 1 at the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center in Calabasas and again Wed., Oct. 3 in the Medea Center, Lindero Canyon Middle School, Agoura Hills.

The entire cost of the six-day trip including airfare, lodging, meals, evening activities, sightseeing and gratuities is $1,976.

For an application, go to TravelEd2DC.com.

The trip organizers and leaders are Tom Johnsen and Don Zimring. Educators Steve White, Darci Miller, Brian Edelman, Lou Lichtl, Phalba Thomas and Mike Gennaro will serve as tour leaders.

The primary aim of the trip is education. Pre-trip classes are conducted to help the students better appreciate what they will see.

Students will visit the Capitol, National Archives, monuments, memorials, National Holocaust Museum and attend a performance at the Kennedy Center or Ford’s Theater.

In keeping with the eighthgrade state curriculum framework, the trip will study the Civil War with a visit to the battlefield, visitor center and museum at Gettysburg.

Time will be set aside to explore the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of African American History and Culture and National Air and Space Museum.

For more information, parents can call Don Zimring at (818) 920-9059 or Tom Johnsen at (805) 499-1569.