Clay County eighth graders with at least a C- grade average were invited to go on a spring break trip to Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md. with teachers Russ True of North Clay Middle School and Ron Timberman of Clay City Junior High School.
They will take two Turner Coaches on a whirlwind tour. Each student's cost is $570 and includes the motorcoach fare, hotel accommodations, most meals and an itinerary packed with non-stop tours during March 20 through 25. After an overnight 14-hour bus ride, they'll arrive at the nation's capitol and go directly to the Capitol Building where they hope to meet with U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. Then it's on to the International Spy Museum which contains the world's largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. From there, they'll tour George Washington's Mt. Vernon Estate and Garden.
The next day includes a journey to Ford Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was shot, and the Peterson House. They'll have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and then meet up with professional tour guides at National Cathedral, Embassy Row, Arlington Row and Iwo Jima. Dinner will be at the Pentagon Mall and then everyone will get dressed up in their best evening attire for a production of "Shear Madness" at the Kennedy Center.
Tours of the Smithsonian Museums of Air and Space, American History, National History and Gallery of Art, just to name a few, will take up most of the next day. Dinner will be at Union Station, a working train station, and the evening will be spent doing a "night light tour" of the Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Korean Memorials and the Viet Nam Wall.
Students, accompanying parents and teachers will depart for Baltimore the next morning. They'll go to the National Aquarium and see a dolphin show. In the afternoon, they'll tour Fort McHenry, the Edgar Allen Poe Hall and shop at Harbor Place. In the evening, they'll board Lady Baltimore for a dinner and dance three-hour cruise and then head for home.