AA schools look to return to D.C.

Friday, September 24, 2021
Kate Westphal and Tammy Peterson presented to the school board recently, asking for approval of a future second trip to Washington, D.C. for students.

After a well-received Alta-Aurelia student trip to Washington. D.C. during the summer, the next trip is already being planned for 2023.

The organizers told the school board recently that they feel strongly that the opportunity should be offered to another group, using the same touring company.

Forty-five students participated in the recent trip, along with parents and teachers, enough to fill two buses. Due to the pandemic, there were not many opportunities for fundraising, so families paid for the $2,000 per student expense, with an option to break the cost up on a payment plan.

The itinerary included the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, The Vietnam Wall and other war memorials, Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, Washington Navy Yard, Georgetown and more.

The tour guide was able to provide inside information on the sites, and to fit in some site visits that weren’t on the itinerary, including Martha’s Tavern, where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier.

The visitors were impressed with the highly organized touring program.

Over half of the participating students had never been on a plane before, and many had never been outside Iowa.

“We are already getting people asking us to do it again, and we want to get the ball rolling,” organizer Kate Westphal told the board. “We have some families that participated who are wanting to send their next child too.”