Close Up Trip to Washington, D.C.

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    In March of 2020, a trip to Washington, D.C. is being offered in conjunction with the Close Up organization. The dates for this trip are Sunday March 8 through Friday March 13, 2020.

    What is Close Up?

    Close Up is an educational program designed to help students gain a first-hand look at the workings of the American government system. It is a 6-day, 5-night program in Washington DC where students will be busy from morning to night.

    Included in the typical trip are onsite study groups on US Government and also Current Topics, opportunities to see the city’s monuments, memorials and museums, and the opportunity to interact with students from around the country.

    The highlight of the trip is Capitol Hill day, when students are given the opportunity to tour Capitol Hill, and meet with their State Representatives and/or Senators, or their staff representatives. The trip is designed to be a hands-on learning lab to enrich and supplement classes in US History, Civics, or US Government.

    Close Up has been providing this opportunity for over forty years. A brochure with general information and a sample typical student schedule is provided at http://www.closeup.org/students/high-school. Click on the Brochure link at the bottom of the page.

    How does the trip work?

    The Close Up organization helps organize and implement the trip from beginning to end. It helps coordinate transportation from a local airport to Washington D.C. and then to the hotel.

    Trained leaders, who are former high school or college teachers, work with the students to implement the program and instruction. Tour guides who are familiar with Washington D.C. lead all group tours. Overnight Security is provided at the hotel. Most meals are provided at the hotel.

    The organization also has a group of people who have experience working with students who have visual impairments. The students interact and learn with same-age peers from all over the country. The entire week is a comprehensive, well-designed program.

    Cost of the Trip

    Through the generosity of the Glen Stacey Fund at WCBVI, generous scholarships will be provided for up to eight students for this years’ trip. This will help cover the cost of the program, hotel stay, round-trip airfare from Madison, WI and most meals. Students who are accepted for the trip will be asked to contribute $100 towards the cost of the trip. The remainder of the cost, approximately $1,800, will be paid through the Glen Stacy fund.

    Application Process

    The trip is open to Wisconsin students who are blind or visually impaired, and are either juniors or seniors in high-school. If you have students who are interested in attending Close Up, please contact Kelly Bailey by email at kelly.bailey@wcbvi.k12.wi.us by Friday, November 15, 2019. WCBVI staff will send you a secure link to complete the application form.

    Finalists for the trip will be notified of selection by November 22. Once selected, students will be asked to register online with the Close Up organization and more details will be provided about the trip.