In May, 8th grade students from Mesa Academy are scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Close Up Washington program. This week-long program gives students the opportunity to experience their government in action and gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to be informed, engaged citizens.
This innovative educational program is run by the Close Up Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan civic education organization. Since 1972, Close Up has brought over 665,000 students and teachers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to experience firsthand the history, politics, and culture of the nation’s capital. While on the program, students participate in a variety of hands-on activities such as small group workshops and educational activities. Furthermore, students learn from and debate with their peers from across the country, exposing them to differing attitudes and perspectives. For more information on this year's trip, check here. Before submitting any funds, students and parents will also need to read and sign the academic and behavioral contract here. Online payment is the easiest and most direct way to make deposits and payments. Parents should follow these directions for submitting online payments and other contributors should follow these directions.
Not only does the Close Up program offer valuable citizenship and leadership skills, but it also includes professional development activities for teachers, giving them the chance to share best practices with educational professionals from across the country. We have also taken advantage of additional opportunities to stay past the program duration in order to increase the experience of our students.