Migrant students travel to Washington, D.C.

Uvalde High School students (left to right) Adolfo Angel Garza, Robert Olivarez, Sylvia Rose Barrera and Gumercindo Sonora on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The students traveled to Washington to attend a migrant student leadership academy in June. (Photo by Anne Marie Espinoza, of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.)

In early June, four students from Uvalde High School traveled to Washington D.C., to participate in a week-long leadership academy designed for migrant students, hosted by the Close Up Foundation.

A migrant student is a student whose family relocates because of agriculture-related industries or other seasonal work, according to the Texas Education Agency.

The Close Up Foundation is designed to provide participants with stronger understanding of government institutions, history, current issues, and their roles as citizens, per the foundation’s website.

Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of communications and marketing for Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said the students participated in learning workshops focused on community action, election process, and testing the Bill of Rights.

The students met and interacted with other students participating in the program from California, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.

Other activities during the trip included visiting the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.

The group was chaperoned by Alicia Charles, former director of bilingual/ESL and migrant education for UCISD. During the academy, students were also able to sight-see, visiting memorials and museums.

To attend the academy, the students were required to pass all classes, have good conduct, and write an essay on the prompt “Why should you be chosen to go on the leadership academy trip to Washington, D.C.?”

The all-expense paid trip was approved by the UCISD board of trustees on Feb. 25.

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