To this end, we have dreamed BIG for our students. We would like to provide them a field trip beginning with a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We plan to end the day in NYC to watch a performance of "Hamilton ," renowned for its multi-cultural cast and appealing to a non-traditional Broadway audience.
A large majority of our students have no opportunites to travel outside of their city, to experience museums that educate about their heritage, and certainly not to see a Broadway show that celebrates our country's cultural diversity.
We, at Lugo-McGinness Academy, want to empower our students and instill a feeling of pride in themselves that the events of August 12th sought to destroy. By offering our students a different perspective on race and culture, we hope to promote discussions about inequality, to impress upon them the importance of being active citizens in order to combat injustice, and to provide them experiences that allow them to see possibilites beyond the community.
We need to fundraise a substanial amount of money in order to make this somewhat crazy dream become a reality for our students. I have outlined a budget that includes food, transportation, tickets, lodging and, of course, snacks. Our goal is to leave on a Friday morning, spend the day in DC, travel to NYC for the night. Saturday morning, we would explore New York City (Central Park and Harlem, weather permitting) then attend a Saturday Matinee showing of Hamilton.
Charter Bus from Charlottesville to Washington DC $[phone redacted]
Museum entrance: Free! Woohoo
Lunch in Washington DC: $250 ($15 per person)
Train from Washington DC to New York City: $100 per person so $2000
Dinner in NYC: $20 per person = $400
Hotel in NYC on a Friday Night, 7 rooms for 20 people= $2100
Breakfast included in hotel fee
Pizza Lunch in NYC $10 per person = $200
Tickets to see Hamilton = $8000 to $10,000
Dinner in New York = $20 per person, so $400
Tranportation back to Charlottesville from NYC (plane or charter bus)= $2000 to $2500
Total Budget = $18,000
This budget is for 20 people, but if we raise more money then we will be able to bring additional students, which would be unbelievable.
Please consider contributing to making this dream a reality for our very deserving and awesome kids!
- Julie Coffman
- Rachel Caldwell
- April Hutchinson Douglas
- Mary Hardy
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