$36,000 field trip approved for 19 Apache Junction students to travel to D.C.

Apache Junction Unified School District board members Cami Garcia and Christa Rizzi at a board meeting. (Arianna Grainey, Independent Newsmedia)

Nineteen seventh and eighth grade Cactus Canyon Junior High School students, two parents and two teachers will be traveling to Washington, D.C. June 11-14 for a field trip with EF Explore America.

The trip was approved March 26 as part of a consent agenda in a unanimous vote by the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board.

The trip is to cost $36,641 for the 19 students, with funds from the 814 tax credit fund and private pay. The district is to provide transportation to and from the airport at a cost of $200, according to a request to travel.

Cost of the trip, according to efexploreamerica.com, includes round-trip and on-tour transportation, a full-time licensed tour director, three nights hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, comprehensive sightseeing tours, visits to special attractions, overnight security at the hotel, illness and accident coverage, travel ID badges, backpacks and gratuities.

β€œIt is an excellent opportunity for students to experience life outside of their home state and to learn first-hand about the history and culture of our great nation,” Wendy McQuilkin, seventh grade science educator and the trip sponsor, said in a letter to the AJUSD governing board.

It is the seventh year she has sponsored the trip, she said.

β€œI am very excited for this opportunity once again and know that everyone will enjoy a highly educational field trip,” Ms. McQuilkin said.

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