Up close and personal: Student group plans DC trip

 By Kay Braddock

Terry High School history teacher Casey Klasna visited Washington D.C. as a high school student involved in the Close-Up program. Now, fifteen years later, Klasna will be making a return trip – this time as an advisor. 
Klasna, who first approached the school board last spring about initiating the educational program at THS, will guide 11 high school junior and senior students through the program’s D.C. tour April 11-17.
Sharing some of his recollections of his high school trip, Klasna fielded questions during a brief Tuesday evening informational meeting with parents and students.
“Don’t dress like a slob,” Klasna said, responding to a student’s question about what to wear during the nearly weeklong stay. “Look good. Represent this town, this state well.”
For the past nine months the THS Close-Up group has been manning concession stands along taking part in other fundraising activities to help pay for the trip. The work has paid off as five of the students have earned enough to pay the entire $1,800 cost for the trip, while the rest have raised enough to pay for the majority of the costs.
“This has been a good experience this last year since we got started,” Klasna told the group. “I appreciate the hard work that has been put forth.”
The Close-Up program provides educational meetings, discussions and tours. Terry’s group will be meeting with other high school Close-Up groups during an orientation dinner. The D.C. visit will include tours through the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, along with war memorials and a tour through Congress.
Freshman and sophomore students currently involved in the Close-Up program are working towards a combined trip to D.C. and New York.

Published Jan. 24, 2010

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