RMS students surprised with a trip to Washington D.C.




Jim Hall, President and CEO of WorldStrides, surprised Riverwood Middle School students Ainsley Smith, Mackenna Zeller, Ethan Mills, Drew Stanislaus, Eli Anderson, Logan Ackley and Dylan Hebert with a trip to Washington, D.C. via Skype. 


Seven Riverwood Middle School students were surprised with a WorldStrides trip to Washington, D.C. WorldStrides is a travel organization that helps create and arrange educational trips for students in over 85 countries. 


WorldStrides recognized that students in the area had been through a lot recently. Students affected by Hurricane Harvey were nominated to join WorldStrides on a Hurricane Healing trip to Washington D.C., in February. Their hope is to allow the students to experience a special trip away from home and to ignite a passion for learning.


“We wanted to bring students together whose lives were turned upside down due to Hurricane Harvey,” Jim Hall, President and CEO of WorldStrides, said. “It is an honor to bring these students to the capitol and give them something to look forward to.”


Hall surprised the students via Skype to tell them the good news.  The students will have an opportunity to get a hands-on history experience during their time in Washington, D.C. WorldStrides has partnered with United Airlines and Marriott Corporation to provide this trip for free. 


“It is an exciting opportunity and privilege for our students to be selected,” Amy Jolley, Riverwood Middle School Counselor, said.