Orlando students to travel to DC for inauguration

Orlando students to travel to DC for inauguration

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

You can feel the excitement at Jones High School, because next Friday, 40 students will be heading to the nation's capital to witness the second inauguration of President Obama.

Four years ago, students from Jones High School witnessed history with a trip to Washington, DC to see the first inauguration of President Obama.  Now, history will repeat itself.  

The school will send 40 of its top achievers to this year's inauguration.  Friday afternoon, the group met to finalize details for their trip.  

Kirsten Elliott is Miss Jones High School this year.  She says, "History is important just in general, and the fact that there's a President who looks exactly like me, and I just think it's a great experience."

Dashari Kearse is Mr. Jones High School this year.  "This is the first time I got to actually vote for a President, and I get to see him inaugurated.  My vote counted."

State Senator Geraldine Thompson raised the money to pay for hotels and a charter bus for the students.  She says this trip will inspire them to succeed.  "I believe that when you invest in children you invest in the future."

Teacher Sonya Watkins will lead the group, keeping them moving along a whirlwind trip they will never forget. They will see the swearing in ceremony and visit some national monuments.

Watkins says, "They'll be able to tell their children and their children's children, 'I was there and this is history.'"

Trip organizers want to make sure the students have the proper winter clothing, so they are not cold while they are up in Washington.  If you can help donate some hats and coats and scarves and gloves, contact Jones High School in Orlando.

The students will leave Jones High School Friday night at 10 p.m. and they will return to Orlando Tuesday night.

 

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