War hinders eighth grade trip to nation's capital

By Julie Fann
star staff

This year, T.A. Dugger Junior High School eighth graders won't be taking their usual annual excursion to Washington D.C., due to the war in Iraq and the increased terrorist alert. Principal Regina Cates said the school has decided students will visit Williamsburg, Va., a site sixth graders toured prior to the decision to tour the capital several years ago.
   "The school board thought it best not to take the students there this year," Cates said. "At the board meeting on March 27, the board decided the war and the threat of terrorism made it unsafe for the kids."
   Approximately 178 eighth graders will take the trip as a way to celebrate completing junior high school. Assistant Principal Brian Culbert is planning the event and will act as trip sponsor.
   Students will leave for Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 20th and return on Friday, May 23rd. The trip will include a tour of historic Jamestown, a day at Busch Gardens, a tour of colonial Williamsburg, and a tour of Jamestown Settlement.
   Established in 1699, Williamsburg served as the state's capital prior to moving to Richmond due to the expansion west and other factors. Jamestown was the original capital of Virginia.