When I was in the 8th Grade in Casper, Wyoming (Go East Tigers!) I went on the Close Up trip to Washington, D.C. Kind of life changing. I got to visit all of the big monuments, the Supreme Court, the Smithsonian...all the good stuff. I got to see more than most people do when they visit on their own. It was a learning experience that I still cherish. The 8th Graders at Monforton School are trying to get their entire class on that trip. They have raised thousands and thousands of dollars, but are still $9000 short.