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April 23, 2012 (Alpine) -- On Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 pm at the Alpine Elementary School auditorium, a registration meeting and power point presentation will be held to share information with East County students and parents about next year’s annual educational East Coast tour. The historical and educational destinations on this itinerary are Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and New York City.  Fundraising opportunities will also be discussed.


This 8-day trip will take place during Spring Break 2013 on March 23 through 30. The participants will see history brought alive in places such as George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon. They will also see famous artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution, salute U. S. history and great leaders at the memorials in Washington, D.C., and have an opportunity to write an essay to win a place as one of four students who will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a special ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Recent additions to this tour are the Newseum in D.C., the National September 11 Memorial, and by popular request, the Holocaust Museum. But perhaps the most exciting part of the trip for most will be the two days and two nights spent in New York City, with incredible views of the NY area from the top of Rockefeller Center, a ferry ride out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and a fabulous Broadway show.
Based on its continuing commitment to support education, Holt Travel has donated over $10,000 to the local middle school based on this annual 8th Grade educational tour . 
Here are quotes from previous participants:
“I would never trade this experience for anything.  I’d do it again.” John C. Hirsch – student
“I highly recommend because you not only learn but you get quality time with friends as well…I would want to experience it again in a heartbeat!” Andrew Tompkins – student
“I would recommend, a great experience to share with your child…Really enjoyed my trip – learned a lot not only about the U.S., but also about myself.” Heidi Jo Pulley – parent chaperone
“Had lots of fun!  Thank you!” Marin Pfohl – student
“Well organized – great job & thanks.” Bob Pfohl – parent chaperone
“Great job.  I would recommend it to everyone.” Todd Brown – parent chaperone
“10 or  higher because it was a great experience & I learned a lot…Amazingly good trip.” Luella Marlow – student
“I would highly recommend this trip.  It was very fun.” Jacob Wolf – student
“Strongly recommend to go.  Incredible experience.” Vickie Andrews – parent chaperone
For more information call 445-9193 or visit Holt Travel & Tours at 2241 W. Victoria Drive in Alpine from 9 am until 5 pm weekdays.  A current Report Card showing good citizenship grades for students and a deposit of $200 per person will be required for registration.  If you have any questions about this meeting or the trip or wish to preregister, please contact Holt Travel & Tours or email info@HoltTravel.com.  CST # 2003503-10


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