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The 2014 participants gather at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial commemorating nurses during that war. The sculpure is the brain child of the late Bonnie Lissoway, late Los Alamos resident and former chaperone for the Washington D.C. trip.

This spring’s trip to Washington D.C. for 8th graders is scheduled for April 3-7 and there is still a chance to sign up.
The program is available for 8th graders that attend Los Alamos Middle School, as well as homeschoolers.
It is a private trip that is organized by Los Alamos resident and former teacher Roberta Cocking. The middle school works in conjunction with WorldStrides touring company, based in Virginia.
Cocking has organized the trip since 1997.
The price is paid for by the student, with all airfare and accommodations included in the price. The students stay at a five-star hotel in Arlington, Virginia, near all the historical sites in Washington, D.C. There are nighttime chaperones and a doctor on call is available 24-7 at the hotel.
Deadline to sign up at the current price is Feb. 7. Students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to lock the current price.
Visit worldstridesdiscovernow.org for more information on costs.
“So no strangers are coming onto the floor and no kids are leaving after the students are in lock down,” Cocking said.