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Goodhue students plan trip to D.C.

It's a chance to sit in on a Supreme Court case, see the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museums, and possibly speak with some the country's lawmakeres.

Thirteen Goodhue students are planning and raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C., this spring.

"We hope that all the things we teach get reinforced and they get to experience it themselves," said Josh Wieme, social studies teacher at Goodhue and supervisor for the trip.

The school planned the trip through the Smithsonian Institution and allowed any student in grades 9 through 12 to sign up for it. The students will arrive in Washington April 5 and stay through April 8.

Goodhue Principal Mike Harvey said he led student trips to the country's capitol a few times when he was a civics teacher at Lake City High School. When he became principal at Goodhue, he brought the idea for the trip with him.

"It just ties everything together that we learned in American history, in government (classes)," Harvey said.

Harvey said that being able to show students the monuments, museums and legislative buildings in person enhances the learning process.

"I wish every kid could go before they graduate," he said.

But aside from reinforcing concepts taught in the classroom, Wieme said the trip has another benefit.

"Sometimes, (living) in a small community, you don't get out enough," he said.


While Goodhue High School students and their parents will provide the majority of the funding for the trip, they are doing some fundraising. This Sunday they will help serve a breakfast put on by the Goodhue Lions, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodhue Lions building.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.