On Starbucks and Hamburgers

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Inner Harbor!

Our first day was a looong day but it was fueled with the unbridled enthusiasm that only middle schoolers can have. Our first stop was at Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Students had free time to visit the museums, aquarium, take a ride on the paddle boat, or go to the impressive Barnes and Noble store with a Starbucks inside. Most chose to walk the harbor acknowledging that they could go to Starbucks at any time, but they weren’t going to miss the opportunity to get in the harbor.

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Students who know no fear

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Chaperone moms, Vilma and Marta

A long drive ensued to Fredericksburg, and by the time we arrived at our dinner locale, the students were starving, Joseph, in particular. But the kids were glad to be able to call their parents and fill them in on their arrival.

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Another long drive was next to Williamsburg where students checked in and had phones confiscated for mandatory bedtime. No late night pillow fights with a 6:00 am wake-up call…and night chaperones manning the hallways!

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Tomorrow, glassblowing in Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and 100 degree weather. Signing off!

 

Off to the Airport

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Students did not sleep last night, and why would they? Our bus boarding time was 3:45 a.m.!  Major disasters were averted with only three students of 42 showing up late. The other 30 are to take a later flight. But where were the three students?

  1. One decided to take a last minute shower
  2. One woke up late
  3. One we woke up with mu

    ltiple calls to her home

All bags were on the bus along with their owners by 4:10 and children said farewell to their parents. For some, it is their very first trip away from home.

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We were a formidable group at the check-in counter with our line snaking out the front doors. The ticket agent was impressed that only one bag was being checked. “They took a packing class, they travel light,” I responded.

Making it through security was moderately difficult. Michelle said “everybody is going around you because they know what they’re doing. There’s so much you have to know!”

And this trip will be their first lesson.

Once students made it past security, they breathed a sigh of relief and went in search of breakfast. Starbucks was a favorite, but Mickey-D’s reigned supreme. Time flew by and it was time to board.

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After everyone was seated, you could sense their anticipation by their nervous chatter. Gasps were heard when the plane started moving. From 10 rows up I kept hearing the word “scared.” I knew they would scream when the plane took off.

“OH SHIT!” is what I heard loudest as the plane took flight. Facepalm.

We will have a conversation about that in Williamsburg.

It’s Time!

Luggage? Check.

Plane tickets? Check.

Excitement, motivation, dedication, and perseverance? BEEN CHECKED!

Meeting time is at 3:45 a.m. at L.A. Academy Middle School in South Central L.A. Buses will pick us up and take is to airport for our 6:30 a.m. flight.

Stay tuned for pics and vids!