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Govt. Shutdown Impacts Students' School Trip

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by Shannon Royster

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Students from a Rutherford County High School experienced the effects of the government shutdown Wednesday, during a school trip to Washington D.C.

Eighth graders from Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro had to adjust their itinerary in the nation's capital after the shutdown resulted in the closure of many government agencies.

It has affected many of the museums students wanted to see.

"I did feel a little let down that morning when we woke up in the hotel because we were all excited about seeing The Smithsonian," said Franklin Greene, an 8th-grader at the school.

The students hoped to see many of the famous sights in and around Washington D.C. Instead, they were met with signs that read, "Closed."

"We did want to go see those special places, but it seems that there's good coming out of it," said Greene.

Luckily for the students, their tour guide had an alternate plan.

"We got to ride around on the bus and still see the places we were going to be inside and take pictures of them," said Greene. "So it was still good, but not as good."

They toured The National Cathedral and The Holocaust Museum. They were also able to see history in the making through the sights and lessons learned during a school field trip.

"We have talked about government and the process," said Tena Starling, a teacher from Middle Tennessee Christian School. "We keep emphasizing ‘we are a democracy.'"

Starling said despite the setback, students were able to gain insight into the federal process.

"The people who are deciding these things are the people we elected, and we're happy about that," said Starling. "So our government does work, even though sometimes it's not working exactly like we would like for it to."

The students said they will tour Arlington Cemetery on Thursday. They also hoped to travel to Williamsburg, Virginia, on Friday.

The students had planned come home on Saturday.


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