On January 20, 2009 over 1.8 million people were in Washington D.C. to watch then-Senator Barack Obama become President.
Four years later a class of eighth graders from Newcastle Elementary School in Placer will get to see it too.
“It’s kind of a once in a lifetime chance to do,” said Coco Phillips.
The class is led by Social Studies teacher Michael Sarkisian who said the school has done trips to Washington D.C. for about 22 years. Their plane leaves Sacramento International Airport just after 7:00pm Friday, and the class will return on Wednesday. During that time they’ll learn a lot.
“See all the sights. Visit the memorials. Learn about the purpose of the different memorials,” said Sarkisian.
While the students are excited to go each has something specific they’re looking forward to.
For Phillips it’s the Holocaust Museum, “Because we’re doing a unit on it in school right now.”
As for classmate Noah Krznarich, it’s all about the inauguration itself. “Since they went to the inauguration in ‘08 I’ve been waiting to go to this one,” he said, “I did all the counting to make sure I go to this one.”
Though when inauguration day comes Krznarich admits, “I’ll get to see the President, but he’ll probably be really far away.”
Still Sarkisian said the trip teaches something that can’t be learned in a text book. “A greater appreciation of our system of government and also to get a greater appreciation of all the amazing history we have.”
While the class is going on the trip they are still in the process of paying for it. They are holding a crab feed fundraiser on February 9 at the Blue Goose in Loomis. Tickets are $50 at the door, but $45 if purchased early from a Newcastle student.