June 28, 2018

Dear Class of 2023 Families,
Preparations are well underway for this fall's eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. This trip, which is an integral part of the middle school experience, is scheduled for October 16-19. The tour will include a variety of sites ranging from the White House and Capitol Building to Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture and the award-winning Newseum.
 
Arrangements for the trip are being made through Prodigy Student Travel, a respected student travel company whose owner, Kerry Wimsatt, is an Academy parent who has led many of our class trips. Prodigy serves schools throughout Central Ohio and is a fully licensed, insured and bonded company based in Columbus. Also, all chaperones are faculty and staff members of Columbus Academy.
 
The trip package, priced at $675 per student, includes the following: transportation, hotel accommodations, most meals, admission fees, tour guides, hotel security and all gratuities. This amount will be billed to each student's account, and we encourage all students to attend. Please note that this charge is not fully refundable after September 6, 2018, as many of the costs are paid in advance and not refunded to Columbus Academy. Should an emergency arise that precludes your child from going, we will return that portion of the cost we receive from Prodigy. If the cost is a hardship, please contact the middle school office at 614-509-2264.
 
When school resumes, our eighth grade team will communicate more specific information about the trip. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the trip, please contact me at obrienc@columbusacademy.org. We are looking forward to another wonderful trip!
 
Sincerely,  
 
Carolyn O'Brien                                             
Eighth Grade Team Leader
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