More student highlights from day one included students being put into workshop groups. In these workshop groups, Wood River students began meeting new friends and fellow Close-Up students from North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Texas. With the new friends they made, workshops started to discuss domestic issues and later held a debate on the issues they discussed.
The sponsors took part in a teacher's program. This program had a variety of options. Some of these options ranged from study visits to the monuments or a day trip to Montpelier, home of fourth President James Madison and father of our Constitution.
Later that day, students moved on to learn about Capitol Hill in preparation for Wednesday's Capitol Hill day. After being prepped about Capitol Hill, students finished their evening with setting up their own congress and participating in a mock congress session. This activity gave students the hands on knowledge to prepare for what they would see and hear on Wednesday.
The evening saw the group attend a professional NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. This experience was a first for many students and became a once in a lifetime opportunity when the group was asked to stand at half court for photo.
Later in the evening, students finished the program off with a banquet and reception that every student in the Close Up program participated in.
Highlights of the day from students who stayed in Washington DC was exploring the Holocaust Museum, one of the best museums in the World. Students also visited the National Archives where many American artifacts are housed and a visit to the news museum “Newseum”. Students and Mrs. Heise returned home the following day.
Students who made the trip to New York toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art, went to Central Park, visited Time Square and experience a Broadway play, a first for everyone.
Students and teachers learned Close Up about our political system, American history, Washington DC, New York City and met people from all across America. A special thank you to all who made this trip possible from financial help from the Wood River community, school board, booster club and the Wood River Foundation for their generous contribution to each student. It was greatly appreciated!