Belpre BOE hears about eighth-grade trip to D.C.

BELPRE – The Belpre City Schools District Board of Education welcomed students from the eighth-grade class Monday as the board members were told about the class trip to Washington, D.C.

Parent Greg Osburn, who organized the trip with fellow parent Melinda Baker, said he and other adult chaperones from the Belpre area escorted 30 Belpre Middle School eighth-grade students to the nation’s capital for a three-day tour, Oct. 24 through 26.

“Everyone at this meeting would be very proud of the way the kids conducted themselves,” Osburn said. “They were well-behaved and polite to everyone and all of the tour guides and bus drivers commented to the chaperones on how great the kids were.”

The group of 50 people – 30 students and 20 adult chaperones – presented a slideshow of photos the students and parents took during the trip. These photos include trips to the Capitol building, numerous memorials as well as museums.

“We were very lucky that the day we went to the Air and Space Museum, (astronaut) Buzz Aldrin was there meeting people and signing autographs,” Osburn said.

A highlight of the trip was that four Belpre students were chosen to represent their hometown by placing a wreath on The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a ceremony Oct. 25, Osburn said.

Those four students – Chase Baker, Madison Harman, Katie Osburn and Allen Frank – were recognized by the board and given commemorative certificates by Superintendent Tony Dunn.

“To be a part of the ceremony at the tomb of the unknown is one of the highest honors in this nation,” board president Leonard Wiggins told them. “You may not know it, yet, but you guys are a part of history.”

The board approved this class trip during the October board meeting last year. Osburn said he and his co-organizers had spent five years planning the trip and were pleased with the outcome.

“The kids had a great time and learned a lot about our country during this trip and we thank you for your support,” Osburn said.

In other business:

* New district treasurer Melissa Griffith was welcomed to her first board of education meeting as member of the staff.

“I would like to welcome Missy to her first meeting on this side of the table,” Wiggins said.

Dunn laughed and added the teachers and faculty in the audience should give her a warm welcome.

“She signs our paychecks,” he laughed.

* Longtime Belpre City Schools District Board of Education member Rod Hineman was recognized for his work in the community by being presented with certificates of appreciation by Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Karen Waller.

Hineman had been expected to receive the recognition during the chamber dinner Oct. 24, but was not able to attend.

* Local Vietnam War veteran Larry Block thanked the district and the faculty with both schools for their separate Veterans Day programs.

“I was one of the fortunate veterans who was honored by the students of Belpre schools,” Block said. “Normally I don’t speak for others, but after the two Veterans Day programs at the schools, I feel I can because every one of us was treated with respect and I thank the students, faculty and staff for everything.”