Every year Newton South sponsors a six-day “Close Up” trip to Washington DC, where students stay with high school students from across the country, exploring the nation’s capital and seeing how our government operates. Most years our students get the chance to meet and talk with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Congressman Joseph Kennedy. The Close Up week starts with a visit to Smithsonian museums and continues with visits to numerous memorials and other historic sites in Washington D.C., ending with a tour of Arlington National Cemetery.
As well as getting to know students from areas of the country that may be unfamiliar, each year our students participate in a mock Congress, debate current issues, and learned how to be informed, active, involved US citizens. The highlight of the week is Capitol Hill Day, when we meet with our representatives, tour the Capitol building, observe the Senate and/or House in session, attend Congressional hearings and often visit the Library of Congress and Botanical Gardens. The day concludes with an evening performance. Last year, we saw the Capitol Steps perform. Overall, the trip provides a memorable experience that South students treasure.
While we mostly take sophomores and some seniors, the Close Up Program is open to all upperclassmen at Newton South, with enrollment starting right now. Next year’s trip will run from March 3 – 8, and the approximately $1700 cost includes the flight to DC, 5 nights hotel accommodation, bus and Metro transportation, all programs, most meals, and admission to the various museums and the Capitol Hill day performance. There is also some aid available for those in financial need. To register, just send an email to Bob Parlin to receive the enrollment code.
We hope you will find that the Close Up Program is a wonderful opportunity for your children to see Washington at a very tumultuous time to share a unique social and political experience. If you have questions about the program, please contact Bob Parlin or Ms. Soo Hoo, or go to the Close Up foundation’s web page: www.closeup.org.