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  • Close Up’s programs are a perfect mix of travel, learning, and fun!

    INSTRUCTION: Unlike tour organizations, we use trained Program Instructors, not contracted tour guides, to provide students with rewarding and fun experiences. Students learn valuable lessons that complement their history classes back home.

    EXPERIENCE: Since 1971, over 800,000 students and teachers have participated in our one-of-a-kind programs. Close Up has partnered with Katy ISD schools since 1985.

    IMPACT: Our proven curriculum and teaching methods will educate and inspire your students. Our programs are designed to align with each state’s social studies standards.

    TRAVEL: We use major U.S. airlines for your travel.

    HOTELS: We use national hotel chains such as Marriott, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn. Our hotels are in safe and vibrant neighborhoods close to the sites that you will visit.

    MEALS: Beginning with dinner on your arrival day, we provide students with 3 hearty meals per day.

    LIABILITY: We have a $26,000,000 policy to protect you and your school. We provide secondary health insurance and specialized access to Georgetown Medical Center, should medical care be needed.

    SAFETY: Your safety is our #1 priority – from the time you travel here until you arrive home. We provide full supervision including night monitors at each hotel.

    KATY ISD: Close Up is the only district-approved, curriculum-based travel program for Katy ISD schools.

    For over 40 years, Close Up’s instructors have utilized a unique teaching method to appeal to virtually all students.

    Our participants come from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and numerous countries around the world. More than 94% of alumni say that Close Up helped them better understand their roles as citizens.

    We work closely with teachers, administrators, parents, and students nationwide, as well as with long-standing partners and funders such as the U.S. Congress, the Department of Education, the Department of Interior, the Freedom Forum, C-SPAN, the Center on Congress, and Bank of America. We are also approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

    Additionally, we fulfill our mission through classroom teaching tools. The most notable is Current Issues, in its 38th edition, which is relied on by teachers to stimulate classroom debate on key policy issues.

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    P Formed in 1971, Close Up is a non- profit that exists to educate and inspire young people to participate in our democracy. We fulfill our mission with exciting, hands-on civic education programs in and around Washington, D.C. Using historic sites and cities as living classrooms, we give students access to the people, processes, and places that have impacted our lives and government today. Over 800,000 students and teachers have participated in our experiential programs, and countless more have appeared on our TV show and used our textbook Current Issues to debate hot topics in classrooms nationwide.

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    * Workshops and seminars help stu- dents make personal connections to the roles that they, as ordinary citizens, play in the U.S. democracy.

    * Study visits led by highly-trained instructors provide unique opportu- nities to learn using historic sites and institutions as living classrooms.

    Sample schedule subject to change.

    ARRIVE IN WASHINgTON

    LUNCH AT HOTEL

    TRANSFER TO COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURg

    Hotel CHeCk-In

    WELCOME DINNER

    ORIENTATION WORKSHOP

    FOUNDINg DOCUMENTS ACTIVITY Explore the origins of our democracy

    SOCIAL TIME

    HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET

    EXPLORE COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURg: LED BY WILLIAMSBURg’S OWN HISTORICAL INTERPRETERS - Walk in the footsteps of Thomas

    Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and George Wythe

    - Visit the Capitol: The seat of Colonial Virginia’s power

    - Sit in the pews of Bruton Parish Church where George Washington worshipped

    HISTORIC TAVERN LUNCH

    THE HOUSE OF BURgESSES

    gOVERNOR’S PALACE Visit the home of seven royal governors and the first two elected governors of Virginia

    TRAVEL TO OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA

    DINNER & EXPLORATION IN OLD TOWN

    FEDERALISM WORKSHOP*

    HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET

    MT. VERNON STUDY VISIT*

    TOUR OF gEORgE WASHINgTON’S MANSION

    MT. VERNON gROUP PHOTO

    TRAVEL TO gETTYSBURg

    gETTYSBURg CYCLORAMA A dramatic sound and light program of the famous 1880’s oil painting that is as tall as a four-story building

    LUNCH AND MUSEUM STUDY VISIT Explore this interactive exhibit featuring relics from the Battle of Gettysburg

    gETTYSBURg BATTLEFIELD STUDY VISIT WITH NATIONAL PARK RANgER

    gETTYSBURg ADDRESS SITE Reflect on the importance of one of America’s great speeches

    DINNER IN gETTYSBURg

    TRAVEL TO PHILADELPHIA

    HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET

    FOUNDINg DOCUMENTS ACTIVITY

    “FREEDOM RISINg” AND NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER STUDY VISIT

    LUNCH IN PHILADEPHIA’S HISTORIC DISTRICT

    SEE THE LIBERTY BELL

    HISTORIC DISTRICT WALKINg WORKSHOP - Independence Hall:

    Visit the birthplace of our nation - Benjamin Franklin’s office: See the

    beginnings of America’s first public postal service

    - Explore Congress Hall

    WASHINgTON SqUARE AND TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS

    DINNER AT THE BOURSE

    WORKSHOP AND REFLECTION ACTIVITY Reflect on the week and how you can be more active and involved in your community

    HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET

    VISIT BENjAMIN FRANKLIN’S gRAVESITE

    SECOND NATIONAL BANK STUDY VISIT

    LUNCH AND FRANKLIN INSTITUTE STUDY VISIT

    CLIMB THE “ROCKY” STEPS AT THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

    DEPART FOR HOME

  • Give your child a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Close Up is a non-profit educational organization, which means we work hard to offer an incredible program at the best possible value. The Close Up program is an investment in your child’s future and the future of our nation. Our program’s sole purpose is to provide your child with the chance to see history come to life and connect the sites they see with what they are learning in the classroom.

    Our programs are a great value and our all-inclusive cost includes:

    All Close Up activities are designed with your student’s safety in mind. In addition, Close Up will help prepare students for their upcoming history and government classes and challenge them to participate in their communities when they return home. This program is only for students currently enrolled in 7th- grade at a Katy ISD junior high school. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

    An unforgettable week with your friends from Katy ISD! Our program is like no other! You will learn more than you ever thought possible, achieve more than you ever thought you could and have more fun than we could ever explain. We put you in the center of the action in many of our country’s great historic sites – Williamsburg, Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia! You will take part in thrilling, challenging and unforgettable activities as you breathe in all that these amazing places have to offer. Plus, you will have a chance to have fun with your friends from school and make new friends from all across Katy ISD. Close Up will help you see history come to life and gain a greater understanding of what you are learning about in your classroom back home. Talk to your school’s Close Up sponsor today to get registered!

    Don’t miss this chance to… • Experience 18th-century life in Williamsburg; • Discover George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate; • Walk the hills of Gettysburg Battlefield; • Explore Philadelphia and get face-to-face with the Liberty Bell; and • Discuss how history has impacted our lives today with kids from across Katy ISD!

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