A dozen middle school age children and their parents have formed the Rim Country Educational Adventure Club to raise money to go on a five day, four night trip to Washington, D.C. over spring break 2007.
"Teaching social studies is one thing," said Russell Graham, social studies teacher at Rim Country Middle School, "but for children to be able to see the places it happened and then be able to relate it to what they are reading in their textbooks puts history in a whole new light."
The Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Lincoln Memorial and Holocaust Museum are a few stops on the tour.
"The itinerary is excellent," seventh-grader Dillon Walker said. "I think this will totally open up the way I look at history."
"Experience the power of citizenship" and "I helped send a child to Washington, D.C." are slogans on T-shirts Dillon designed to raise money for the trip.
The 12-year-old also designed a PowerPoint presentation to show his fellow classmates in public, private or home schools who may want to join the trip.
Friends Lauren Best and Sierra Royer are looking forward to visiting the Smithsonian.
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from anywhere in the Rim Country are eligible to go.
Fund-raising begins this weekend and will be ongoing until the students leave.
Last year, several students raised $7,600 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Graham said. "This year, we decided if we can raise that much money why don't we look into a Washington, D.C. trip."
To raise the money, the group will be hosting snack bars during the Triple Crown Sports Softball Tournament at Rumsey Park.
The snack bars will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
The next fund-raiser is a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Payson Masonic Lodge. The dinner will be $3 for children, $5 for adults and $25 for a family of seven or more.
Rim Country Educational Adventures is not affiliated with the school district. For more information, call Russell Graham at (928) 472-7127.