Standing in front of the statue of Sakakawea in the United States Capitol are, left to right, Theodore Naaden, William Schmidt, Andrew Small and Travis Baumiller. Theodore’s sister, Jennifer, is on the staff of U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, so she got the group special passes to see a lot of things in the capitol that are not open to people on a regular tour. The statue was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by North Dakota in 2003. The eight-foot-high bronze statue depicts Sakakawea looking westward, with her infant son strapped on her back. Two years of hard work and fund-raising resulted in four Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock School boys participating in Close Up in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Close Up informs, inspires and empowers young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.
Earning the trip were Theodore Naaden, William Schmidt, Andrew Small and Travis Baumiller. The HMB Close Up Advisor is Debbie Schmitcke.
In U.S. Sen. John Hoeven’s office in the Russell Senate Office Building are, left to right, Andrew Small, Theodore Naaden, William Schmidt and Travis Baumiller. The Trip
By Debbie Schmitcke
Close Up Advisor
We had to get up pretty early Sunday morning, March 31, as our plane took off at 5 a.m.
When we got to Washington, D.C., we could not check into our hotel room until 6 p.m. that evening. So off we went to explore the big city.
We all decided to go to the Holocaust Museum, but before we could do that we had to take the Metro (subway). Well it went well, but the boys got on before us and the door shut, and they were in the Metro car, and we were still standing on the platform. Oops.
The Statue of Liberty is made from copper and has turned green from exposure to the elements over the years. Thank goodness for texting. They got off at the right stop and waited for us. When I got out of the Metro, here came the boys, and they said hold on to your money and don’t talk to the people that are going to ask you if you want a map or an umbrella. I was a little surprised by their reaction but soon learned what it was all about. One of the boys was asked if he wanted to buy a city map for $5 and he said yes, he did not have $5 but had $20 so when he handed the man the money expecting to get $15 back, the man gave him his map and took off with his change.
Washington was very busy—most days we probably put on anywhere from five to seven miles of walking and some days more.
The capitol dominates the landscape of Washington, D.C. New York City was exciting and very busy. We went to Times Square, Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Plaza, Central Park and a Broadway Play.
Oh and I can’t forget, on our way back to our hotel on Saturday night we saw a New York City rat out for a stroll. Oh well, we had a good laugh and a lot of fun.
All the things we saw and did were amazing. I think this experience we all had was an experience of a life time. We made a lot of memories and had a lot of fun.
We want to thank The HMB School Board and all of you who donated and for all of the support you gave us.
It was not only work for the boys as they were able to attend the Washington Nationals game vs. the Marlins. Washington won their game. The boys really enjoyed the game but that night it was so cold that they got a little chilly.
At the entrance of the United Nations building in New York City are, left to right, William Schmidt, Theodore Naaden, Andrew Small and Travis Baumiller.
The 9/11 Memorial is a national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb. 26, 1993. There are nearly 3,000 names on the memorial. A lone tree survived the blast and is now fenced off. When the HMB group visited, many people stood by the tree, saying a silent prayer for all the people and families who were affected that terrible day. There is still a lot of construction on the site and the memorial building should be open within the next year.