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Tandem School Field Trip Altered After Government Shutdown

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A group from Tandem Friends School heads to DC from Charlottesville A group from Tandem Friends School heads to DC from Charlottesville

A seventh grade class from Albemarle County left Tuesday for their annual trip to our nation's capital. But their agenda looks a little different after Tuesday's government shutdown.

The Tandem Friends School students won't see any Smithsonian museums or any animals at the National Zoo and are disappointed to say the least.

"We can't see the animals. I wanted to see the pandas," said Nick Passino, student.

For six months, Tandem Friends School teachers and students have been planning a big a trip to Washington.

"There were a number, just a number of things. We were going to go to the Smithsonian and we can't do that so, you know, it looks like I think we're trying to go to Arlington now, but I don't know if Arlington will really be accessible to the public.  We're just going to have to wing it," said Patty Anderson, English teacher.

With the added strain on the trip the shutdown has caused, teachers say they are frustrated with elected officials.

"I wish the lawmakers would realize that a lot of people will be disappointed by this. A lot of school groups like ours, as well as tourists," said Tom O'Connor, Tandem Friends School director.

The students are still going to perform the service aspect of the trip, serving food at a city soup kitchen, but teachers are worried there won't be enough fun activities left for the kids on the four-day schedule.

"They're closing like all of the Smithsonian museums, and that's sort of like a disappointment because I really like them and they're also closing the National Archive which is really cool and so that's disappointing for me," said Miriam Skadron, student.

For the meantime, it looks like the class will have to learn about many of the city's sites from the outside. O'Connor said they are planning on visiting the monuments that are still open as well as the national cathedral.

Reported by Rob Manch

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