Blast From the Past: Third Annual D.C. Trip

This article was written by Janet Bates on January 6th, 1977. This was written when the Chronicle was called The Spectacle.


For the third year in a row, U-32 teachers will bus their way to Washington D.C.


There are many attractions waiting for the sightseers, which won’t be seen until March 6th


A limit of 30 high school students has been set for the trip. Students will be chosen on a first come first serve basis, though some preference will be given to older students because they may not have another chance at the trip.


A five day affair is planned. The tourists will start off on the eight to ten hour bus ride Sunday morning, March 6th, and return to school on Friday night, March 11th. 


The major organizer of the trip, Jeff Danzing, said that he wanted to announce the plans early so that finances could be worked out with students.


Jeff advised that students bring at least $50.00. “Bring about $25.00 for food if you eat frugally and bring a lot of sandwiches,” he said. It will cost $5.00 a night for a room. 


The group will stay at the 4-H Center in the middle of Chevy Chase. Jeff described the town as, “It’s where you’d like to live if you could afford it,” and described the 4-H center as “It’s a mansion. It’s like a dormitory, and they serve you breakfast every morning.” 


Among the famous sites that the travelers will visit is the Capital, the F.B.I building, the supreme court, The Washington Post, the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Library of Congress, Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Institute, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, which prints money, the Botanical Gardens, and many museums. 


Jeff plans to take the students to see Senators Stafford and Leahy and Representative Jeffords at work in the Washington office buildings.


For night entertainment he would like to take the group to a movie or two and maybe a concert at the Kennedy Center.


For the best recommendations, Jeff thinks that students who are interested should talk to students who previously went on the trip. Jeff said, “It’s a lot of fun and really enjoyable. There are so many things to see.”


Jeff also recommended it financially. “A lot of parents don’t have enough time or money to see D.C but this is an inexpensive way to go for people who wouldn’t get there otherwise.”


There is a need for teachers with bus licenses to drive and chaperone. 


Teachers and students interested should make reservations now with Jeff Danzigner in the English department.

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