Palm Beach County School District is right-in-step with the happenings in Washington D.C. regarding President Barack Obama’s upcoming second term inauguration; Roosevelt Middle School is sending 40 students to the Presidential Inauguration and is the only public school in Palm Beach County sending a group. Victoria Wildhorn, an eighth grade student at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, will also be in Washington January 19-23 attending the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference being held in conjunction with the Inauguration of President Obama where she will represent her school and Palm Beach County.
The students and chaperones from Roosevelt Middle will arrive in Washington D.C. Saturday morning, January 19 and return Monday night, January 21 and will visit museums and have a guided walking tour of the monuments, including the newest monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Another highlight of the tour will be the Presidential Inauguration Student Celebration on Sunday night, January 20. Only 300 students in the country will be in attendance at this Student Inaugural Ball. The three-day field trip culminates 10 months of planning and fundraising for the math, science and technology magnet school.
“This trip is a wonderful enrichment opportunity for the students to witness an American tradition,” said Magnet Coordinator Todd LaVogue. “It is also the culmination of months of discovery and learning of the political process for the students. Our students participated in many pre-election activities, learned about procedures and events in Civics classes and have gained a much better understanding of the political process. I am very excited for them.”
Palm Beach County School District incorporated the 2012 Election year into many aspects of their school curriculum including a mock presidential debate by students at Lynn University prior to the actual debate by Democratic candidate President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney on October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton.
REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. January 2013.