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Stockbridge students heading to presidential inauguration

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The presidential inauguration is next week, and some pint-sized representatives from Stockbridge will be there to take it all in.

Fifteen student ambassadors from Stockbridge Elementary were selected for a four-day trip to the nation's capital, and it includes the president's oath of office.

It all got started when the kids took a local field trip to Stockbridge City Hall. The kids got curious and wanted to know more, so a teacher wrote a letter to the Smithsonian, and now they're Washington-bound as part of the Smithsonian Student Travel program.

The group of second- and third-graders has been learning all about Washington from their teachers - in books and online - but they said their learning experience is about to get a lot better.

Second-grader Paula Dang is excited to be a part of the trip. I've been seeing things about Washington, D.C., in books, on TV and in pictures. Now I'm going to experience it in real life," said Dang.

It's an opportunity that doesn't happen for everyone.

Lasynge Guyton is a third-grade teacher at Stockbridge Elementary, and will be going on the trip as well.

"It's monumental. This is giving kids an opportunity first hand to see this experience in real life. It's something their peers will not have the opportunity to do," said Guyton.

Third-grader Jehari Jacobs said it's going to be amazing.

"No third-grader in the world can think of going to D.C. with other students. It's just a once in a life time experience," said Jacobs.

In addition to seeing the president get sworn in, they'll see the monuments, the capital, several museums and one event that some of the girls are really looking forward to, an inaugural ball.

"The ball is where I can be myself and become beautiful," said Jacobs.

Teachers said it will be a trip that could end up impacting more than just the 15 kids taking part.

"This will be something they can contribute back to society in years to come when they're older. They will always remember it," said Guyton.

The trip will cost each student more than $1,000. They're fundraising to get the money, but if you would like to help, there's a website set up to donate.

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