East Tennessee students head to Washington D.C. for safety patrol trip

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Many East Tennessee students traveled to the nation’s capital Friday morning. The students are members of their school’s safety patrol and will join more than 2,200 other members from across Tennessee.

“I’m excited just to hang out with friends and actually get to do stuff out of the states,” said student Brenya Castleberry.

Forty-three buses departed from Knoxville Friday carrying students, chaperones and AAA staff. Students represent schools in Knox County, Anderson County, Hamblen County, Loudon County and Sullivan County. Forty police officers will escort the students on the trip. The trip marks the 60th anniversary of the program’s event. The program says 739 rooms in three hotels were booked for the event.

“I’m excited to see the White House and the museums, it’s going to be very fun,” said student Brayden Shreve.

Each patrol was selected by their teachers for outstanding achievement in school and to complete their safety patrol tasks. Students must get to school early and stay late.

“When you’re a safety patrol and you’re working the little kids hallway, you have to show them who’s boss,” said Karlie Lawerence. “They won’t listen to you but you have to show them who’s boss.”

The safety patrol members will visit the House chamber inside the Capitol, the National Zoo, Udvar-Hazy Center, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial and others, the Arlington Cemetery and Mt. Vernon. Also, the students will walk-by The White House and see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

Parent Melissa Pyuke said she’s a little nervous for her son Landon but know he is going to have a great time.

“I’m more nervous about him forgetting his money or laying his bag down that has his important stuff in it and not having anything,” said Pyuke. “He loves history, he’s going to learn a lot and see a lot things he’s interested in and he’s always wanted to be a safety patrol so I’m happy he gets to go on this trip.”

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