The Block Island Times

The School Scoop

By Gloria S. Redlich | May 16, 2013
Photo by: Shannon Booth he students that participated in the Close Up trip were, from left to right, James McNerney, grade 11; Millie Starr, grade 10; Griffen Hall, grade 10; Jameson Brown Padien, grade 9; Elaina Smith, grade 9; Kiley Hall, grade 10; and Mason Littlefield, grade 10.

Each year a number of high school students from the Block Island School join their peers from schools around the country and travel to the nation’s capital to participate in the Close Up Program.

It’s an opportunity for high school students to “experience their government in action.” The five-day excursion to Washington, D.C., included visits to “monuments, memorials and institutions.” However, it is meant to be more than just a tour or lecture series; rather it is set up to offer interactive experiences to help students understand there is more to the study of history and government than what is available through text books.

The following B.I. School students made the trip this year, accompanied by their Social Studies teacher Shannon Booth.

Student reflections on Close Up

Jameson Brown-Padien (9th grade): “I recommend the Close Up program to any student interested in our country’s government. In addition to learning about government processes, you also meet new people from all over the country and hear their opinions.”

Elaina Smith (9th grade): “Meeting new people and visiting interesting historical monuments were just two great parts of the Close Up trip. The fact that we got to hear about important issues and so many different people’s opinions was probably my favorite part.”

Mason Littlefield (10th grade): “I had a great time at Close Up. Meeting kids from all over the United States was great! I learned a lot about government and historical monuments.”

Griffen Hall (10th grade): “The Close Up program is amazing and always a great experience. You get to make great new friends and see very cool historical monuments. I would recommend this trip to anyone.”

Millie Starr (10th grade): “The Close Up trip was a wonderful experience. I was able to learn so much about the country, government and myself through the amazing people I met and all of the monuments and museums we visited.”

Kiley Hall (10th grade): “Close Up was an amazing trip and I would recommend it to everyone. Not only do you make new friends, but you also learn about government. We even got to meet with one of our senators.”

James McNerney (11th grade): “The Close Up program was one of best trips I’ve ever taken. Going on the trip and meeting new people was great.”

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