Monroe Schools' D.C. Trip Postponed Over Shutdown

7:39 PM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
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Some Monroe County kids, parents, and teachers found their travel agenda changed due to the shutdown in D.C.

Thomas Willingham, 10, was looking forward to seeing the White House.

"Because of the government shutdown, and people not actually working and some of the memorials being closed and that sort of thing, we decided not to take them," said Richard Bazemore, principal of T.G. Scott Elementary in Monroe County.

Bazemore helps organize this annual trip that is now postponed to January. Around 90 parents and students have signed up.

"We start planning this trip early so people can make monthly payments," said Bazemore.

The cost starts at $939, which includes the flight, one of  the biggest pieces of the puzzle.

"The seats on the plane are the most important thing. We've got to make sure we can have everybody have a seat on that plane," said Bazemore.

Ben Amerson, the travel agent working with the school system, has to reschedule activities.

"Most of those appointments are controlled by government websites, and with the shutdown, most of those websites have been shut down and not updated," said Amerson.

That means Amerson isn't sure what activities will be available in January.

11-year-old Carissa Claxton is looking forward to the Arlington National Cemetery.

"There's a lot of people that served for our county there," she said.

While at the famous cemetery, some students will get to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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