Jan 12, 2016
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A 14-year-old program that sends Richmond High students to Washington D.C. to experience government in action has endured a funding shortfall this year, and the community is encouraged to help with donations.

Since 2001, Richmond High has participated in Close Up, a program that educates students about our democracy and helps them gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be engaged citizens.

Students from all walks of life have participated in the program and have committed to keeping at least a 3.0 GPA, to being an outstanding citizen and to helping to raise funds for the trip. Unfortunately, while the students have exhausted all of their fundraising efforts, they need to raise an additional $25,000 by Feb. 5 to make the trip possible. The total cost of the trip is $40,000, or $2,022 per student. The program is all-inclusive, paying for travel expenses, academic workshops, meals, lodging, and the experience of a lifetime. The trip runs from April 2-8.

“We have done all that we can to fund-raise but we’re running out of time to make the final payment,” said Valerie Estrada, Close Up coordinator.

All contributions are tax deductible, Estrada added.

“There is an amazing program that has taken place for the last 14 years that deserves to continue to happen,” she said.

All donations can be made to Richmond High Close Up, 1250 23rd Street, Richmond, Ca 94801. For more information, please feel free to contact Estrada at 510-685-8825.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.