St. Anthony's 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

Background: St. Anthony School is an urban elementary school located in a Spanish speaking community of south side Milwaukee.  The majority of the school population at St. Anthony School are English-as-a-second-language Hispanic students who participate in the Milwaukee Parental School Choice program.  Ninety-eight percent of the students are low income.  


Our students' realities do not readily afford them opportunities to see different parts of the country.  Not only will this trip enhance their academic knowledge, it will open up to them a new world of possibility.  At St. Anthony School, we preach that hard work in school will lead to lifelong success; this trip to our nation's capital will show the students where hard work and perseverance can take them.  Alongside lessons on history, politics, and government, students will understand that there is a world outside of Milwaukee where they can live and succeed if they continue on their educational path. 

The Trip: The purpose of this trip is to enrich our students' learning outside the classroom and expand their awareness of areas outside Milwaukee city limits.   This field trip will provide an active learning experience for the students that will help them gain a greater appreciation for their country and history and provide a complete and accurate picture of their national government.  Additionally, the field trip may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will inspire and motivate each of them to persevere and succeed in school.

Based on projected expenses, the cost to bring twenty of our 8th grade students to Washington D.C. from May 12th to May 17th is approximately $13,000. As this is the first year we are trying to take students on this trip, we are trying to fund raise as much as we can so as to ensure that we cover our expenses and that we can make the trip happen. Students will be doing fundraising on their own throughout the school year, yet we are setting our goal at $13,000 so as to better ensure that we obtain the financial means to take our students on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. 

Based on our current cost projections, the $13,000 is accounted for by the following expenses:

Transportation: $7,000

Hotel/Lodging: $3,000

Food: $3,000

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated as they will directly be applied to our goal of taking a group of our 8th grade students on what is surely to be a memorable and eye-opening experience. 

If you have any questions or would feel more secure making a written donation, please contact Matt Dixon at: [email redacted]

  • Sam Mauro 
    • $15 
    • 67 mos
  • Kevin Wagner 
    • $20 
    • 97 mos
  • Martin kids  
    • $20 
    • 98 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $75 
    • 98 mos
  • Peter Dimiropoulos 
    • $50 
    • 98 mos
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Matt Dixon 
Milwaukee, WI
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