CHS students headed to Explore America

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Previously known as Explore America, now the Eastern Seaboard Trip through Smithsonian Student Travel, is a trip that takes kids to the east coast and introduces them to new cultures and teaches them about our national history.

A program that has been participated in by Shelby High School for the past 15 years, has been organized this year by Conrad High School parent Pam Wittmeier. A total of four parents and seven students will be joining the ranks of 26-30 Shelby High School students who will be going March 31-April 8.

This trip allows students nine total nights spent traveling from Boston to New York City and finally ending their trip in Washington D.C. The program includes round trip transportation, nine nights hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, sightseeing tours, overnight security, evening activities and even a Broadway show.

Specific tours can be customized and Conrad students will be attending many activities in Boston including the famous Blue Man Group, the Plymouth Plantation and the Mayflower II, attend live theatre, the New England Pirate Museum and the Salem Witch Museum.

In New York City they will see unparalleled views of the city from the Observation Deck of the Rock Observatory, see Times Square, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and visit Chinatown.

Once in Washington D.C., they will visit the Smithsonian Museums, have a guided tour of evening sightseeing, visit the Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House.

Wittmeier and other parents took the issue of introducing a new student trip for juniors in place of Close Up to the October school board meeting. Board members tabled the issue until the springtime but Wittmeier and students still plan to attend the trip even though it is technically not school sanctioned.

After they have been put on the agenda, they plan to market the trip as one to sophomores so that it will not interfere with the traditional Close Up trip.