Ravenswood 8th Grade DC Trip: 2017

$4,390 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 67 people in 23 days
Jennifer Whitley Newman  CHICAGO, IL
Update: Thanks to generous offline donations, we're lowering our GoFundMe request to $4,500. Thanks to all who have supported our efforts both offline and online. This GoFundMe campaign ends Friday, March 31.  

Ravenswood Elementary
's eighth-graders have been working hard to raise funds for their class trip to Washington, D.C., but they need your help to get them to our nation's capitol.

For many of these students, this will be their first trip outside of Chicago. The D.C. class trip is a culmination of our students' history, art, social studies and language arts classes. The students hope to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and the National Mall and Memorials.

It's important to our school that all the eighth-graders who want to attend this class trip can do so – regardless of each family's financial situation.

To ensure that, we're using GoFundMe to fund nine full scholarships and a few partial scholarships for the trip. An overnight coach bus will transport the students in both directions to allow for three full days in D.C. with two nights in a hotel. Trip costs per student are $669.

The students have participated in a fun run, hosted a movie night and a trivia night, and have sold pizzas and candles to raise funds for their trip. To date, the students and their families have raised about $11,000. We need about $18,000 to fund the scholarships and to lower the trip's costs to all families. Donations will go to Friends of Ravenswood School (FORS), a 501(c)3 organization that helps support programs at the school, and you will receive donor acknowledgment letter for your tax records.

The Ravenswood School community has been incredibly supportive of our fund-raising efforts this year, and we're looking to the broader community to get these students all the way to Washington, D.C. We want to give these students this opportunity. The kids are of mixed racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds (44.3% of Ravenswood School students live in low-income households with higher percentages in the upper-grade levels).

This trip will show our students how people from different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs are all part of the United States.
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Update 2
Posted by Maria Dimond
11 days ago
We're nearly a third of the way to our goal!
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Update 1
Posted by Maria Dimond
22 days ago
Please donate to help Ravenswood School's eighth-graders go to Washington, D.C. for their class trip. This GoFundMe campaign will pay for full and partial scholarships.

The kids have been working hard all year to ensure that all their classmates can be part of this trip. Let's get them to D.C.!
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$4,390 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 67 people in 23 days
Created March 4, 2017
Jennifer Whitley Newman  
Karin & Tony
11 hours ago

Hope you have a great trip!

Rachel Beals
13 hours ago
Sarah Hoagland
17 hours ago
Patrick Olsen
19 hours ago
Linda Toomey
20 hours ago

Enjoy your trip!

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Joanne Kiley
1 day ago

Have an amazing time!

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