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My 16-year-old daughter is interested in going on the Close-Up Washington
trip to DC through her school. Has anyone had experience with this
program? Good, bad, worth the money, not worth the money, etc?
On the Close-Up Trip to Washington, DC: My son went last spring and
found the trip, as well as the group meetings in preparation for the
trip, a very valuable experience. The two teachers who do the program
- Mr. Teel and Mr. Collier - are very good. For someone interested
in politics and world events, as my son is, it was a terrific learning
experience. He would be willing to talk to your daughter if she's
considering going. You can e-mail me privately.
This is in response to the woman who asked about the Close-Up Washington
My information is second- and third-hand. Last year I had an adult student
whose sixteen year old daughter went (my students are low income and I helped
sponsor her daughter so I got a report-back from both mother and daughter).
The trip was wonderful for her; she loved the other kids and the activities.
From what I heard, it seemed that the trip was well organized, well
supervised and interesting. It seemed that they met with interesting people
and worked hard.
Close-Up is a fantastic experience for high school students. I've
worked with them for the past 25 years. The cost is high but that would be
the case if you were to stay in D.C. on your own. The real advantage is that
the students room with students from around the country and are able to
appreciate the great differences in political values and attitudes. The
staff is energetic and committed to making the week a highlight of the
students entire high school experience. I hope your son or daughter is able
to go. Feel free to contact me for more information.
Steve Teel teelteach[at]home.com
Berkeley High School, History Department
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