GILBERT — At Mingo Central High School, AP students are on the rise and teachers are trying to come up with new ways to reward these students for their excellent academics.
This year, the AP teachers at MCHS are trying to take their students to Washington, D.C. for a field trip in March. While students can pay for their own way to the trip, the teachers have also decided to fund raise in order to allow students that deserve to go but may not be able to afford the costs. This weekend, those AP teachers set up in front of Gilbert’s town hall on Saturday to sell hot dogs and sweets to the parade bystanders.
“We have two goals,” said AP Statistics teacher Brandon Cline. “We want to increase interest in honors kids taking AP classes and we want to reward those students who do.”
Included in the itinerary for the trip are stops at the Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Capitol building and the National Archives. The trip will be a four day trip that is packed with educational opportunities for the students.
The trip will cost approximately $650 per person but Cline says it is their hope that money will not be an issue for those who want to go.
“We have really good kids that need to have this experience and would appreciate going to the capitol,” said Cline. “We don’t want to have to turn a kid away due to money being a problem.”
During Saturday’s fundraiser, Cline along with teachers Joshua Johnson and Tina Cline helped serve hot dogs and sweets while some of the good was contributed by teachers Katie Endicott, Jessica Houck and Debbie Butcher. There were also students that turned out to help their teachers, hold signs and even walk through the crowds selling and according to Cline, the hard day of work paid off.
“We were able to fund raise the whole amount of one ticket to Washington and then some,” said Cline. “We worked hard but we had a great time. We couldn’t do it without the support from teachers, parents and people out in the community.We still have a long way to go but this is a great start!”
Cline is asking that anyone who wishes to donate money or even sponsor a student to contact him or Joshua Johnson at Mingo Central High School at 304-426-6603.
Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected]