- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) - More than five dozen middle school students from Harrisburg will get a firsthand civics lesson when they travel to Washington, D.C., to witness the presidential inauguration.

The group secured tickets to the inauguration through Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune, Harrisburg North Middle School teacher Tamra Huffman told the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2j7LMi9 ).

Huffman said her students studied the presidential election and understand the significance of having a chance to see history in the making at the inauguration.

“It’s kind of cool that the students can relate to the whole process of electing a president and the president being sworn in,” Huffman said.

The students will fly into Washington on Jan. 18 and have some days of touring before President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated Jan. 20. The students will tour all of the Smithsonian museums, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Mount Vernon, which was George Washington’s home.

As a teacher, Huffman said her goal has always been to “make history come alive,” and believes that goal will be accomplished with the upcoming trip with her students.

“I’m just excited that the things that they have studied or will study … they’re going to experience it firsthand, up close and personal,” said Huffman.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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