McNary Students Bound for DC
March 17, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
The Close Up Foundation Washington DC has one mission. They strive to inspire, inform, and empower the youth of America. They teach kids how to exercise their rights and accept their responsibility of being a citizen in a democracy.
This year, over spring break, 12 McNary students will have the great opportunity to go Washington DC and get to observe up close. Those 12 Celts are Megan Schneider, Ivon Ortiz, McKenzie Beard, Jessy Shore, Chloe Sheffield, Cassidy Brunkal, Jenna Robbins, Abigail Devlin, Bryanna Anhalt, Ashley Maceira, Jannicke Martin, and Jordyn Maret.
Ryan Kirch oversees the kids while they are gone and makes sure everyone is prepared before they go.
“Most students find the trip to be life changing,” He said, “ I hope they will take away a unique perspective of United States history, our capital city, and how our government works.”
Kirch has worked with many students who have had the opportunity to take this fun and amazing trip. He continued,
“I think the experience of exploring the sites and memorials of what we actually read and study about is incredibly powerful. Students would most likely describe it as blown away”
Students are excited too. Jessy Shore said,
“I am excited to travel across the country and look at new and exciting things. I also will probably meet lots of new people.”
Bryanna Anhalt said,
“I’m excited to go to DC to see government in action. It’s one thing to learn about it in a classroom from a textbook, but it’s a whole other thing to see the real life buildings where the decisions that cold change our entire country, for the worse or better, take place. It’s difficult to imagine that all the terms we memorize for tests and the chapters we take notes on about stuff we can forget about next period actually happens, and is affecting our country right here, right now and it’s just one plane ride away.”
Megan Schneider also added,
“I’m excited because I’ve always wanted to go to DC and see all the monuments museums. We learn about all these important events in history in class but now we get to see the amazing artifacts up close at the Smithsonian museums and see all the huge monuments that I’ve only seen pictures of. And, I’ll have the opportunity to make friends from all around the country and Puerto Rico, which I think is really cool!”
These 12 Celts have the opportunity to go on a life changing trip! Wish them luck! Stay Tuned on Twitter to find out more and find out the daily events that the students do!