Fourteen students from Y.E. Smith Elementary will depart from their school Tuesday, March 12, on a bus tour to Washington D.C., where they will visit major sites and museums in our nation’s capital. Dr. Eric J. Becoats, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, will meet the group of students before their departure.
A visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the National Air and Space Museum, and a private tour of the National Archives and the White House are all on the itinerary for the trip, which will last until Thursday, March 14, when the students return to East Durham.
“The bus tour will truly inspire this group of students,” David Reese, East Durham Children’s Initiative executive director, said in a press release. “The students will see the results of years of achievement and activism and bring that enthusiasm back to their East Durham community.”
The tour is the first of its kind for EDCI, a nonprofit that offers a pipeline of support and programs to East Durham children and their families in order to help alleviate the impact of poverty on a 120-block area of East Durham (the EDCI Zone).
EDCI will live-tweet updates, photos and video from its Twitter handle, @EDCI_NC, using the hashtag #EDCIinDC. Updates will also be available on the East Durham Children's Initiative Facebook page. Followers across the Triangle will have the opportunity to join the conversation about EDCI's impact on achievement in East Durham.