CANYON CITY – Young students are enthusiastically fundraising for a big trip to Philly.

Humbolt Elementary students who finished sixth grade in June will have the opportunity to travel in spring 2017, as Grant Union eighth-graders, to see the sights of Philadelphia, Penn., Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Humbolt Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Casey Hallgarth is organizing the Philly trip, involving interested 2014-15 sixth-graders in fund-raisers to make the journey possible.

Hallgarth, who began teaching at Humbolt last year, moved to the area from Elgin where he taught at Elgin School District.

He said Georgia McKee has been organizing similar trips for students in Elgin for the past 25 years, and one of his sons and his wife Heidi traveled with the group in 2014.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to venture out of Grant County and explore the country,” Hallgarth said.

Planned activities include a Broadway play, a visit to Amish country in Pennsylvania, as well as trips to historic sites such as the 911 Memorial and Museum in New York and national monuments in Washington, D.C.

Each student will keep a journal of their trip and describe highlights from their experience in a presentation to the Grant School District No. 3 board of directors.

Cost of the 10-day trip is $2,700 which includes airfare, bus travel and meals.

Fund-raisers for the trip are getting off the ground. The students and some parents have split 15 cords of pine wood – for sale at $150 a cord. Two car washes are planned for August, and the students are selling pepperoni and teriyaki sticks for $1 each.

Also, neon green can donation bins will soon be set up, and a tail-gating gift basket will be raffled at an upcoming Grant Union football game.

Hallgarth said he plans for the trip to be an annual event.

“Next year’s sixth-graders will move into the slot, and we’ll hopefully have it going for another 25 years,” he said.

For more information, contact Hallgarth at 541-786-3276 or Kimberly Neault at 541-620-2034.

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