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Inauguration DC Trip: Washington, DC Student Tour

Washington, DC
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Inauguration DC Trip: Washington, DC Student Tour

Washington, DC

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Destination: Washington, DCType: Festivals / Events, EducationalSubject: History, Social Studies, Politics, Science, Leadership, College Prep, TRIO, STEM, Literature, C3, Art

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The Presidential Inauguration gives students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in politics and to understand, first-hand, the influence of democracy. During this D.C. trip, students will be a part of an inaugural ball, the Swearing in Ceremony and the Inaugural Parade. Students will also gain a greater understanding of this political center as they learn about persuasion and today’s major issues during an “Art of Advocacy” workshop. Additionally, they’ll visit must-see Washington, D.C. student tour sights such as the Smithsonian Museums and government buildings.

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January 18-21, 2017


  • Swearing in Ceremony and Inaugural Parade
  • Inaugural Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Smithsonian Museums

Day 1

Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Group Leader Reception

Enjoy Dinner

students taking pictures in washington dc

Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Participate in the Art of Advocacy Workshop

This hands-on workshop introduces students to the tactics and functions behind advocacy and persuasion. Additionally, students will understand today’s major issues and form their own opinions. This program is designed in compliance with the Common Core standards and the C3 Framework.

Enjoy Lunch

Visit Ford’s Theatre (or Other Activity of Your Choice)

Explore the theater where stage actor John Wilkes Booth put on the act that would land him in history books: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (Pending Confirmation)

Experience the Inaugural Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Student’s put on their finest attire as they enjoy dinner and dancing during an award’s ceremony at the elegant Foxchase manor.

group leader reception

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast at Your Hotel

Experience the Swearing in Ceremony

On the steps of the U.S. Capitol, the President of the United States will take his/her official oath into office. Immediately following this ceremony, the President will outline his/her four-year vision during an election speech.

Enjoy Lunch

Watch the Historic Inaugural Parade

Be part of a tradition that began when Thomas Jefferson paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue following his inauguration in 1805. The president, vice president and their spouses will lead a procession of military regiments and marching bands.

Enjoy a Pizza Party at Your Hotel

student in washington dc

Day 4

Enjoy Breakfast

Visit the Arlington National Cemetery

Filled with the casualties and deceased veterans of American conflicts spanning back to the Civil War, explore the Women in Military Services for America Memorial, John F. Kennedy’s “eternal flame” and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Tour the Capitol Building

Enjoy a real-life history lesson at the home of the United States Congress, a neoclassical building where laws are made, foreign policies are formed and expenditures are decided upon.

Enjoy Lunch

Explore the Smithsonian Buildings

A nucleus of 19 diverse museums located in the National Mall includes the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Air and Space and the American Art Museum.

Depart for Home

students at the Swearing in Ceremony


Inauguration Educational Tour Scrapbook


Art of Advocacy Workshop

Art of Advocacy Workshop

Help students form critical opinions while introducing them to the core issues behind current Supreme Court cases. Designed to comply with Common Core standards, this 60-90 minute workshop introduces students to the art of advocacy by providing them with the tools and information they need to develop and support their opinions. After learning about advocacy from Paul Hayes, the Director of Debate at George Washington University, students will face an audience as they support their views on topics such as energy production and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

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Spark Fit

Teach students the importance of health, fitness and feeling good! Students participate in an outdoor nutrition class led by an expert instructor, followed by a light, interactive workout. Health consciousness continues throughout the tour as students keep track of their steps with pedometers and dig into nutritious meals.

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