West Country Outreach School students will take part in the Big City Lights trip later this month. In the back are Julia Hilliker

West Country School students to travel to big city lights

West Country Outreach School students are off to view some big city lights later this month, leaving Rimbey behind for eight exciting days.

West Country Outreach School students are off to view some big city lights later this month, leaving Rimbey behind for eight exciting days.

A total of nine students from Grade 9 to 12, along with chaperones, Alva Holliday, Kim Beierbach and David Robertson will travel to Boston on March 20.

On that day they will participate in the Freedom Trail walking tour which includes the Old North Church, Paul Revere’sHouse, Old Granary Burial Ground, Boston Common, King’s Chapel, Old State House, Faneuil Hall and Prudential BuildingSkywalk Observatory.

Day 2 will see the group at Salem where they will participate in the Boston Duck Boat guided sightseeing tour, Salem city walk and Witch Trial Memorial, Old Burying Point, Pickering Wharf and Salem Witch Museum.

On Day 3 they will travel to New York where they will take part in Midtown walking tour, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’sCathedral, Trump Tower, Times Square, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building and Observatory.

Day 4 the group will be in downtown New York. They will take a ferry boat to Ellis Island and check out the Statue of Liberty.They will participate in a guided sightseeing tour in Lower Manhattan which includes Trinity Church, Wall Street and 9/11Memorial Neighbourhoods walking tour. The group will also check out Chinatown, Little Italy and the Greenwich Village,SoHo Broadway Show, Jersey Boys.

Day 6 will be spent in Washington, D.C. where they will check out Ford’s Theatre, Mount Vernon excursion, ArlingtonNational Cemetery and Marine Corps War Memorial and participate in an evening ghost tour.

Day 7 will include a guided tour of the U.S. capitol, a visit to the Supreme Court and the Smithsonian Museums. They will also go to the National museum of Natural History, the National museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery,the National m museum of the American Indian and Smithsonian American Art museum and the National Archives.

The trip will end with a visit to the International Spy Museum and the Holocaust Museum.

Teacher David Robertson said the students are excited about the trip.

“The excitement is increasing,” he said. “They are a great group of kids and they’ve worked hard and done a lot of

fundraising.”

He said the community and the school board has been supportive.

He doesn’t believe incidents involving terrorism should mean such school trips should be discontinued.

“You can’t live in fear. You have to move forward,” he said.