Newington parents, students look to save field trip to D.C.

Hartford

Parents and students in Newington will be fighting to save a field trip that’s been running for over 30 years. 

Starting next year, the eighth grade class trip to the nation’s capital is cancelled.

There’s a lot of disappointment and frustration among the parents and students, especially since this is been going on for decades.

All year long, the kids study about Washington, D.C., the monuments, and the presidents. Then, as a reward, they get to go there and bring what they had been learning in the books to life.

But with the budget cuts and Connecticut’s financial problems, schools are looking to cut where they can.

This trip costs about $500 per student, and they said they just can’t afford that anymore.

Jordan Hopping is one of the 8th grade students attending the trip, that could be the last one, this week. “I’ve been looking forward to this since my brother went, and he said a lot of good things so I’m excited,” Hopping said.

Parents met at Town Hall on Tuesday evening, saying they can raise the money and asking the principal to reconsider the decision.

Joshua Shulman, the Chair of the Board of Education said, “There are more medical needs. It’s harder and harder for families to get the money together to go on a very expensive trip, there is a lot of liability that goes along with having a trip that is several days overnight.”

Parents and former students shared pictures from past trips and talked about the friendships they’ve made, in hopes of changing the school principal’s mind.

Michelle Rizzo had an older daughter that went, but her younger son will not be able to go. Rizzo said, “I am here to support all of the classmates, my son especially and his friends, for them not to be able to go, they are really missing out on it it’s a great experience for the kids and I’m not happy at all that it’s going to be cancelled.”

To be clear, the principal is the one that has canceled the trips, not the Board of ED. And in talking with school officials, it sounds like the decision is final, and parents would have a long uphill battle to change their minds. 

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