Walgrove Elementary Students Meet State Sen. Ted Lieu and Tour the Capitol

The fourth grade students helped raised the funds to pay for their visit to Sacramento.

Walgrove Elementary's fourth grade students had the opportunity to tour the capitol on Wednesday and meet with their 28th District Senator, Ted Lieu.

Knowing that fourth grade students in California study state history and government, the kids' teacher, Lisa Laichtman, came up with the idea  for the trip last spring.

In an effort to let the children really see government in action, she began discussions with her class and their parents about how to raise the money for the trip. To cover the costs, the children and their families joined forces to hold lemonade stands, car washes, bake sales, a recycling drive and a craf fair with local vendors and artists.

Mar Vista Patch contributor and Walgrove Elementary parent Brooke Wirtschafter accompanied the class on the trip. She told Patch that several families came up with unique ideas to raise additional monies including making and selling taquitos  outside school for several weeks, selling flowers, and one family that owns a crepe restaurant brought their food truck to school and sold crepes.

The hard work paid off and the kids spent a day in the capitol, Wednesday. While some of the students were more excited about the actual flight to Sacramento, others came prepared with tough questions that even Lieu couldn't answer, including,  "Why is the state capitol in Sacramento?"

Brooke Wirtschafter March 19, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Thanks for covering our trip to Sacramento. The kids were so well-prepared for the trip. They showed great maturity and had fantastic questions for Senator Lieu. I was really proud of them and of our Walgrove community for coming together to raise the money to make this trip happen. Every child was able to attend, regardless of ability to pay and for many of them it was their first time on an airplane.
lisa haase March 19, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Way to go 4th grade class of Walgrove!!!
Danielle Chavez March 20, 2011 at 12:21 AM
What an awesome learning experience and example of what can be accomplished with resourcefulness and dedication. Go Walgrove!!!
Amy Sawyer March 20, 2011 at 06:40 AM
Wow, what an awesome accomplishment! Way to go 4th graders! What a wonderful example of community effort for the kids. Gotta love Walgrove!


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