Ninth graders at Park Christian School will have limits on their DC trip this yearMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Ninth graders at Park Christian School in Moorhead are making lemons out of lemonade after the Government Shutdown threatened their class trip.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Ninth graders at Park Christian School in Moorhead are making lemons out of lemonade after the Government Shutdown threatened their class trip.
Twenty four students left on the school's annual trip to D.C. this morning, the problem is half of the sites on their schedule are closed.
Day 12 of the Government Shutdown and no end in sight.
But these students aren't letting their annual trip get shut down, as they board a plane to Washington, D.C.
Ninth graders at Park Christian School look forward to the big class trip long before take-off.
Josiah Quanbeck- Student: "Since we were in grade school because we know that all ninth-graders do that."
But this year will be different.
Many of the scheduled stops on their itinerary are closed - the Library of Congress and the Pentagon, for example.
Max Anderson- Student: "I'm disappointed that we can't go to the Smithsonian. That was going to be fun."
Taryn Nellermoe- Student: "The Holocaust Museum. I think that would have been really emotional but cool to see."
And many of the most popular monuments will have limited access.
Unlike past years, the students can't walk up to the Lincoln Memorial.
Chris Nellermoe- Park Christian School Principal: "As we were anticipating and hearing some of these things you start to think, 'oh no, certainly they'll work something out before we go.'"
As the shutdown loomed and the trip grew closer, the school and tour company decided to made new plans.
They added more private museums to the itinerary, making up for some of the attractions darkened by conflict in Washington.
Taryn Nellermoe: "We'll be different than all the other classes. So, we'll remember our trip well."
And the students aren't terribly let down, focusing more on the experience they still get to share as a class.
Anderson: "Just being together and learning more about our capital and everything."
Quanbeck: "Slight disappointment, but we're planning a lot of other things so I think it should be just as fun."
The students spent more than a year raising money for the trip.