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Students travel to inauguration

Academy of the Canyons teen raise $20,000 for trip

Posted: December 4, 2008 10:02 p.m.
Updated: December 5, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Academy of the Canyons isn't the average school and its students don't take average field trips.

Three dozen of them raised $20,000 so they can travel to the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20.

The trip is the brainchild of history teacher Robert Walker.

"I planned the trip thinking we would get the minimum 15 kids needed to book the trip," he said. More than 40 showed interest initially, and 36 raised enough money to pay for the trip, he said.

"I told the parents that if the kid wanted it bad enough they would be able to go," Walker said.

The students washed cars, sold candy, waged penny wars and scraped together enough money for the trip, he said.

The students raised more than $20,000 for the trips, which will pay for air fare, hotel, ground transportation in Washington and food.

The students leave Jan. 17 and their itinerary includes a guided tour of the capital and their own faux inauguration ball on Jan. 18.

Academy of the Canyons Principal Jill Shenberger can't hide her excitement when the topic of the trip comes up.

Shenberger will chaperon the trip.

The history of the moment is exciting enough, she said.

"But to experience this moment with my students is something else," she said.


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