It’s Close Up Time. It’s Selma Time. It’s time to see the World.
Two “Getting Started Meetings”
- Thursday Oct 23 afterschool (3:00 to 4:00) or
- Friday Oct 24 before school (7:00 to 8:00)
- We will talk about Selma and Close Up at each of the meetings.
- We will start our Janie’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser.
- You must make it to ONE of these two meetings.
- Don’t come to both.
- Special Note – Selma and Close Up are school related absences
Listen to the following podcasts to gain insight to these two wonderful travel / learning opportunities. These podcasts will not open in Firefox browser. Use Safari or Explorer.
Close Up Washington – May 1 to May 8, 2009.
We will travel to D.C. You will meet kids from all over the country. You’ll study government, visit diverse neighborhoods, take in a play at the Kennedy Center, talk politics, tour the Capitol and the monuments and the Library of Congress. You’ll debate issues that matter to young people. And you will do it all in a year when this country has elected a new president. That should make things particularly exciting. Close Up starts on Sunday night …Our Oakridge group goes a day earlier on Saturday morning. We search out D.C. on our own for a day and a half – before we join the crowd. And then Close Up takes over and becomes the teacher. Close Up is cool – you’re going to have a GREAT time.
Selma, Alabama (Bridge Crossing Jubilee) – March 6 to March 9, 2009.
Selma, Alabama is where the battle for American democracy was truly won. I’ve gone six years – taken Oakridge students two times. I will go every year the rest of my life. There is something truly special about joining hundreds of others, old folks and children, black people and white people together, to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday of the Jubliee. For four days we’ll emerse ourselves in the Civil Rights movement. Friday in Birmingham (Kelly Ingram Park, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church), Saturday and Sunday at the Jubilee in Selma. And then on Monday before flying back – we’ll tour Dexter and the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. This trip is just us. And history. You will feel the Civil Rights movement in your bones.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard