A group of sixth graders from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa has turned to the internet to save their school trip to the White House. The children were scheduled to tour the White House on March 16, but their visit was cancelled yesterday along with all other tours of the presidential residence due to “staffing reductions” caused by the so-called “sequester” budget cuts that took effect last Friday after lawmakers failed to make a deficit reduction deal. In an effort to muster support and salvage their trip, the school posted a brief video on Facebook featuring a plea from the children.
“The White House is our house, please let us visit!” the sixth graders say in the clip.
According to Christi Line, the principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran, the trip is a “big event” for the children, who are in their final year at the private, Christian school.
“This is our first White House trip and we’d hoped to make it an annual event,” Ms. Line told Politicker in a phone call this evening. “This is a new capstone project that we have initiated this year for our sixth grade.”