Overnight trip back on middle school schedule

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The top ticket sellers for Miami View’s chili supper, held Jan. 26, were: (from left) seventh-graders Regan Entler and Colton Brown and eighth-graders Josh Black and Tyler Gregory. The fundraiser will help to offset the costs of the middle school’s trip to Washington D.C.

It’s been years since Miami View students have packed their bags for an educational overnight road trip.

Thanks to support from new principal Jeffery S. Beane and approval from the Southeastern Local school board, 110 South Charleston middle school students will spend May 19-23 in Washington D.C.

“We have an 86 percent turnout from our student population for this trip. We’re tickled with that,” said Kathy Lloyd, a parent on the planning committee.

Lloyd is equally appreciative of the response from parents and the community. Twenty-five parents and 10 faculty and school board members have signed up as chaperones, which means there is one adult for every three youngsters on the trip.

The South Charleston community has pitched in by supporting fundraisers designed to help offset some of the $515-per-student cost. Most recently, students sold 750 tickets to a chili supper that took place on Jan. 26.

“We were shooting for 500, so this was a great surprise,” said fourth-grade teacher Sue Black, who headed up the event. Due to the high ticket sales, the supper was moved from the Methodist Church to the school, where school cook Brenda Ratliff and volunteers made and served the meal.

Students who signed up for the trip have been encouraged to participate in at least two fundraisers. In addition to the chili supper, the planning committee has planned a dance-a-thon on Feb. 15, a pancake breakfast on Feb. 23, and a disco dance for sixth- through eighth-graders on March 7. Students will sell Valentine candy-grams and Little Caesar’s Pizza. Ongoing fundraisers include stenciling the school mascot on driveways and the sale of raffle tickets.

“Every fundraiser we have planned is 100 percent profit through donations from people in the community,” Lloyd said. “And we picked fundraisers the community can get involved in.”

Input has been the name of the game for setting the trip itinerary, as well. The planning committee started with a travel agency’s suggested schedule of events, then they made additions and subtractions based on teachers’ recommendations. The result is a trip that will hit on themes the students are now studying in class.

“The history in Washington D.C—every citizen, regardless of their age, should experience that,” Lloyd said.

Students will travel to the nation’s capital by motor coach. Over two nights and three days, they will see the entrance to Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian complex, the National Archives, Ford’s Theatre, the Peterson House, the World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. They will tour the Capitol building and Arlington National Cemetery.

“With the way our economy and military is currently, it’s important for kids to understand and appreciate their freedoms. D.C. is the foundation of all of those,” Lloyd said.

For more information about the Miami View Washington D.C. trip, call the school at 937-462-8364.

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