A group of students from Cooperstown will join millions in Washington, D.C., on Monday to experience history in the making.
Forty-six students left at 5 a.m. Friday for the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term. It marks the third time Cooperstown Central School has provided the opportunity to experience the inauguration through WorldStrides, an educational student travel company.
High school social studies teacher Jennifer Pindar, who has planned all three trips, said she feels the experience provides a very educational and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the inauguration firsthand.
“I want to students to learn more about government and the history of our country,” she said. “I also want the students to become lifelong voters.”
While in Washington, students will get to partake in the WorldStrides Inaugural Dance, tour the former home of first president George Washington, visit the Holocaust Museum, tour the Smithsonian Complex, gather at the Capitol Mall for the inauguration ceremonies, watch the inaugural parade, go to The Newseum and be able see several other monuments and historical sites.
Cooperstown senior Liam Heneghan said he is excited about the opportunity to be able to immerse himself into a new scene.
“I have never really associated myself with politics much and it could be an important part of our history,” he said.
Heneghan said he is particularly looking forward to the inauguration ceremony, but is also eager to visit the Holocaust Museum.
“I think that is something everyone should experience at least once in their life,” he said. “I am fortunate to be able to do it while I am young.”
Sophomore Christina Noto said she has been to the nation’s capital before, but never for an event of this magnitude.
“It is going to be exciting to see the president sworn in, and to be able to do so at such a young age is so wonderful,” she said.