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Eighteen Baker Prairie Middle School students will travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City in June.

PHOTO BY KRISTEN WOHLERS - Students will visit sites like the United States Capitol during their trip in June.

Some Baker Prairie students are venturing to Washington, D.C. and New York City in June.

The trip is a longstanding tradition in Canby, going back at least to 1985, according to Baker Prairie Social Studies teacher Ron Boost. Boost has been taking middle school students on the trip since 2011.

This year, 18 students are signed up to travel.

"We are so appreciative of [Boost's] passion for these kids and this trip," said Kristin Gibson, who attended the trip when she was in 8th grade, as did her husband Mike; and now their son Mikey will go this year. "It's such an incredible opportunity for our kids. I can't wait for them to experience this, and to hear all their stories."

The students and their brave chaperones will fly out to the east coast for the week of June 23-30 and will visit sites like Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and more. Students will also have the opportunity to see a Broadway Show and possibly even catch a Yankees versus Red Sox game.

But the trip isn't only good for some fun, it also provides students with valuable and memorable opportunities, according to Boost.

"I see students gain a deeper appreciation of history, and country," Boost said. "Things come alive and take on depth.  Plus, watching them as they (or their peers) lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington, while taps is played is incredibly moving.  The Holocaust museum is also incredibly powerful.  Plus, if I have students the following year in class, I enjoy seeing them chime in with 'hey, we were there!' when it comes up topically."

The kids have been hard at work raising funds, which are due April 30. They are currently putting together gift baskets that will be raffled off at the end of March. For those who want to support the students and the trip, you can send a check, with "DC Trip" in the memo line, to the Baker Prairie Middle School office at 1859 S Township Rd. in Canby or contact Boost at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kristen Wohlers
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