Close Up in Washington, DC

by Robert Lister, SHS Social Studies Teacher

Each year students from Springville High have an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg, with other schools from across the country, as part of the Close Up Foundation. Students work for up to nine months to pay for this once in a lifetime experience. Interacting with students from Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Illinois, New Orleans, California and most years Puerto Rico, provide an experience that cannot be duplicated in any classroom.

This year’s group was able to visit the National Mall and experience the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King Memorial, FDR Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial. On the first full day there we visited Mount Vernon, home to General George Washington, as well as Arlington National Cemetery and witnessed the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, both favorites of many students. A visit mid-week with Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop, from Utah's 1st District, at the Capitol Building were also favorites of many students. Colonial Williamsburg, followed by A Christmas Carol at historic Ford's Theater are an amazing experience each year. On our final day in the Nation’s Capital, we visit the Holocaust Museum and Martin Weiss, a survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It is hard to say what the best part of the week was, it was different for each student and teacher who attended. If you want to know more about the trip stop by and visit Mr. Lister in room C-21​​​ or visit Close Up’s website at: