Eighth-graders at Mission Parish Catholic School to Celebrate Inaugural
On President-elect Obama's inauguration day, it's "D.C. or Bust" for 30 eighth-graders at Mission Parish School.
According to the Orange County Register, the San Juan Capistrano teens are determined to be standing on the National Mall when the 44th president takes the oath of office Jan. 20, even though they've been told they must fundraise all of the money themselves –$51,240 by the end of the school year.
"At first, we didn't know if we were going to be able to go, but we started raising money, and it looked more promising," said eighth-grader Julia Kenefick, 13, student council president. "Our whole school is pitching in, and everyone is just coming together. Our slogan is 'D.C. or Bust.'"
"It's really awesome, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said eighth-grader Dominic Salazar, 14, who made six batches of Rice Krispies treats for the bake sales. "A little while ago, people (of different races) couldn't be in the same part of the bus. Now we have our first African-American president, and we're going to be there."