New England Students heading to nation’s capital

Sixteen juniors and seniors at New England Public School are planning a trip to our nation’s capital April 11-15.

A group of students at New England Public School will be taking a trip to Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)
A group of students at New England Public School will be taking a trip to Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor |

To make their trip possible, they have been fundraising and going door to door to businesses in New England and Dickinson to try and raise enough money to help with the $32,000 that is needed for the 16 students to attend the memorable trip.

The group, along with their group leader Kim Braun, started planning this fall for the educational trip. The group sold Butter Braids, Puffins and Little Caesar pizza kits as their first fundraiser.

Each individual student received the money that he or she raised to put towards their individual cost of about $2,000. The students were very successful with junior Zoe Jung the top seller. She has never been to Washington D.C., and is excited to see all the historical and political sites. She is especially looking forward to seeing the White House and the Holocaust Museum.

“I am really excited about the trip, and I really wanted to get a lot of fundraising done so I don’t have to put a lot of money out of my own pocket towards the trip,” Jung said.

During the Veterans Day holiday, Braun took the group of students to Dickinson and they went door to door explaining their trip and asking for donations. The students went to 25 businesses that day, and Braun feels that it was a success, and they have already seen some donations come in from the businesses that they spoke to.

“People were interested in what they were doing. (The businesses) were asking them questions about their trip,” Braun said.

The grand total of $32,000 includes the airfare, hotel, and meals for each student.

The group from New England will fly out of Bismarck and will be joined in Washington D.C. with another group of students, as the tour company likes to have groups of 30 to 40 students. The group will also have their own personal tour guide that will be with them during their entire five days in the capital.

During the tour, the group will be seeing about 23 historical sites that includes The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Washington Monument to name a few.

“I have got these kids that are excited to go to this place, and these kids that are excited to go to the Smithsonian, and these people that want to see Arlington. I think everything on the list someone wants to see. I think it will be lots of fun,” Braun said.

The group is planning on some more fundraisers along with working concessions during some New England school events. They will continue to go around to local businesses in hopes for some more donations.

“I am really encouraging them to all do some of the work. I really think this will be a good learning experience for them of setting a goal and everybody working together to get there. I think they can get their money raised; they are just going to have to work for it. I think it will mean a lot more to them when we get off the plane and they’re like ‘we got ourselves here,’” Braun said.

If anyone has any questions or would like to make a donation towards the students trip to Washington D.C. they can contact Kim Braun at 701-590-3945.

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