Lebanon middle schoolers head to DC despite shutdown

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LEBANON – A group of Lebanon Middle School students will head to Washington, DC, despite the government shutdown.

The eighth graders left Tuesday for the three-day trip. Out of the whole itinerary, the shutdown forced organizers to make only two changes. Administrators said the students will get to see firsthand what they’ve been talking about in class before the trip.

“It’s interesting because a lot of them have never been before, so they don’t know what they’re missing,” said Principal Doyle Dunshee. “They know the itinerary we’ve given to them, so they’re excited they get to see what they get to see and that’s a good thing. They want to see any part of the government they can.”

Planning for the trip has been in the works for a year. Administrators said there’s so much to do in Washington that they only briefly entertained the idea of canceling the trip after the shutdown took effect.