School receives grant for D.C. trip
The grant will help defray the cost of transportation for the 40 pupils who will participate in Close Up, a nationwide program that gives schoolchildren an upclose look at their government and the capitol of their country.
The group will make the trip to Washington via Amtrak from in early June, and will participate in numerous tours and educational programs in civics, government and history along with other pupils from all over the country.
Ruggiero was a participant in Close Up when she was an eighth grader, and said the experience was an inspiring one that was both educational and memorable, and taught her much more than she could have learned in the classroom.
“Close Up is a terrific opportunity to open students’ eyes up to what it means to be an American citizen,” said Ruggiero. “Actually seeing the Capitol building, the White House, all the monuments and Arlington National Cemetery is a much more powerful lesson than they could ever get at home. I’m proud to do what I can to help young people – perhaps some of our future leaders – have the wonderful learning experience that I had when I participated in Close Up.”
The pupils have worked on a number of fundraisers, including a walk and calendar and cookie sales, to help bring down the costs of the trip, said Lawn Avenue School Principal Kathleen Almanzor.
“We in Jamestown are very grateful to the legislature for this grant,” said Almanzor. “We’d like to thank Deb Ruggiero for her interest in helping.”