Ponca City students visiting D.C. say shutdown is “kind of dumb”


PONCA CITY, Okla. – The eighth-grade class from Ponca City’s First Lutheran Church has been raising money for their Washington D.C. trip for over a year.

Their plane landed in the nation’s capital on Monday, the same day the government shut down.

Now they’re trying to figure out what to do on their trip since many places they had planned to go, like the Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian and Holocaust Museum, are closed.

Group leader Scott Jackson says the trip has a lot of “fly by the seat of your pants” planning but the kids are still having fun.

So far, the group has visited the National Geographic Museum, the National Cathedral and the Supreme Court.

Wednesday, they went to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, where four students helped lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The group will fly back to the Sooner State on Saturday.

Until that time, school leaders are working to come up with things to do.

When Jackson asked students what they thought about all the national memorials being shut down, they replied “It’s kind of dumb. It stinks.”

The shutdown is also going to cost the students some hard-earned cash.

The group paid for all of their museum tours and tickets before the trip.

Now, those admission packages will not be refunded.

The group plans to visit the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday.