Sequester prevents local students from touring White House

During a recent trip to Washington D.C. area high school students, like other tourists, were unable to tour the White House, due to the ongoing sequester.

More than 200 students, teachers and parents returned to the Nashville area around 3 a.m. Thursday morning after spending four days at the nation's capitol.  

“The trip was pretty cool.  We visited the Capitol and a bunch of museums and stuff and I think it was awesome because we got to see the inner workings of America,” La Vergne High School senior Tia Freeman said.

Lincoln County High School senior B.J. Thompson added, “It was really cool being a part of tours [and] going to see colleges that have been part of American history, part of our history so that was really cool.  That really gave you some big dreams.”

Despite visiting many historical locations while in Washington D.C. one place that didn't top the students' list of stops was a tour of the White House due to the budget impasse.

Because of the sequester, all White House tours are canceled, citing staff reductions.  

“It didn't ruin the trip, but I think if we would have got to see it, it would have been a lot more special,” Freeman told Nashville's News 2.

The recent trip was made possible by the non-profit organization, In Full Motion.

The organization helps local teens prepare for college and is already planning a trip to California next year.

For more information on In Full Motion, visit their Web site.

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