8th Grade Washington DC Trip

D.C. Student Performance Expectations

This year, our 8th Graders have the opportunity to travel to our Nation's Capital. This trip will depart Concord, NH on February 25th and return on February 27th. This program is run by Educational Travel Consultants (E.T.C.)


The trip includes:

*Roundtrip airfare from Boston
*Roundtrip bus transportation from Rundlett to Boston
*Deluxe motorcoach transportation in Washington D.C.
*Two nights hotel accomodations (four students to a room) with nightly security.
*Two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners.
*Professional tour escort who is also a D.C. licensed tour guide. 
*All admissions and entrance fees
*All taxes and gratuities
*Coverage under E.T.C.'s $2 million liability insurance policy.  

Cost:
$739 per person (based on 50 paying passengers, 1 bus)
$759 per person (based on 40 paying passengers, 1 bus)
$799 per person (based on 60 paying passengers, 2 buses)

Please use the links below:

Washington D.C. Itinerary
Participant Application
Emergency Treatment Form

CONTACT INFO
Jim Gocha: jgocha@sau8.org
Amy Sherr: asherr@sau8.org

MEDICAL FORMS
Need to be stamped by a Notary of the Public and passed into Mrs. Sherr or Mr. Gocha. 

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Initial deposit: $150.00, due by 10/24/2016
2nd payment: $250.00, due by 12/09/2016
final payment: $339.00, due by 1/06/2016

Make checks payable to Educational Travel Consultants, Inc.
P.O. Box 1580 Hendersonville, NC 28793. 

If a student becomes sick they will lose the non-refundable deposit. But the rest of the payment will be returned. But if they are worried about the first payment, they can purchase travel insurance. We recommend the AIG Travel insurance called Travel Guard. It is an online application.

FUNDRAISING
Some parents had asked about fundraising opportunities. The teachers do not organize nor participate in any fundraising activities. This does not mean that an enterprising parent cannot take the initiative to create opportunities. If anyone would like to organize something, that is fine. If you were to do so, please include as many students as would like to participate. Thanks.
Of course, individual students can be as creative as they would like to when creating their own opportunities.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The teachers would like as many students to participate in this trip but know that the cost is prohibitive for some. To make this exciting educational opportunity available for some students who might not otherwise be able to go, there will be at least two scholarships available for students who have extreme financial need. Each scholarship will pay for a student's participation fee. At this time, there are three scholarships but there may be more.
Students who would like to be considered for a scholarship will have to write an essay, the details of which will be a released in google classroom on Monday 10/31

Important note for parents of students participating in the Washington, D.C. trip

Many of you are aware of a Google Classroom site that was set up expressly to inform parents and students alike about the latest news regarding the trip; however, it has become known that some parents cannot access this site. If this is the case for you, please contact Jim Gocha via e-mail (jgocha@sau8.org) and your name will be put on a list to receive updates separately.

Due to the difficulty mentioned above, some parents are unaware when the next payments for the trip are due. The next payment of $250.00 is due Friday, December 9, 2016. The final payment of $339.00 is due Friday, January 6, 2017.

Medical forms should have been turned in by last Tuesday along with behavioral letters. The next step is to finalize roommate selection. If your child has not yet done this, s/he needs to do so by next Friday, December 9, 2016.

That’s it for now. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jim Gocha at your leisure.