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Students near goal for life-changing trip

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago April 11, 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Friday, April 11 2014 April 11, 2014 2:40 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

BATON ROUGE - Teachers at a Baton Rouge middle school say they've almost met their goal to send students to out-of-state colleges and get a taste of life outside Louisiana.

Elroy Johnson, a history teacher at Prescott Middle School, said the trip will send several 20 of the school's top eighth graders to see colleges in Texas. He also plans to take them around to tour historical sites around Dallas.

"The purpose of this trip is to... broaden their horizons a little bit. See a different part of the country. And so hopefully, it allows them to enter high school from a college-focus mindset," Johnson told News 2. "When you're travelling it's opening your mind, you're seeing new things, you're seeing how people live differently. Then you start thinking about what you can accomplish in life."

The students selected for the trip are also excited to get opportunities they may not be able to otherwise.

"It's very important because as a student we work hard during the year and sometimes we can't pay for stuff like this, but with the school field trip we can go," said student Brandon Searles.

The trip's even more special to the students and their teachers because Prescott is closing its doors at the end of the school year.

The school is nearly halfway to its goal. If you would like to make a donation, click here.

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