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The Hoxie High School Traveling Classroom recently visited Chicago for its yearly trip. Members of the group who attended the trip included: (front, from left) Amanda Herring, sponsor; Raven Davis, Bridget Russell, Bethany Wright, Hannah Freeze, Jennifer Henderson, Nik Ryan, Rachel Land, Abbey Flippo, Darrian Warner, Margaret Jordan; (second row) Kelsie Jones, chaperone; Kelli Anglin, Katelyn Ellis, Andy Guyton, Brianna Liscomb, Peyton Tillman, Colby Whitlow, Zach Scarbrough, Kim Scarbrough, chaperone; (third row) Tami Watson, chaperone; Nikki Tribble, Sarah Brumley, Amber Scott, Drake Bullard, Danielle Black, Rachael Ditto, Alex Ditto; (back) Joyce Rose, chaperone; Tim Ryan, chaperone; Susie Jones, sponsor; Austin Jordan, Brandon Barnhill, chaperone; and Carrie Mae Snapp, sponsor.
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Traveling Classroom
visits Windy City

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Members of the Hoxie High School Traveling Classroom recently returned from a four-day trip to the "Windy City."

The group left from the Robert Hicks Gymnasium on a chartered bus on May 13, and arrived in Chicago the following morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

After arriving in Chicago, the group toured the observation deck located on the Hancock Tower before enjoying a day of shopping.

"I really enjoyed all the architecture of the city," said Andy Guyton. "It was very interesting to see all of the different building designs."

Students also explored the eight-level Water Tower Place mall, which is one of Chicago's premier shopping destinations due to its easy access and wide variety of shops.

The group's first day in the city wound down after they checked in at Hotel Cass, a Holiday Inn Express that provides a hip boutique experience with unique accommodations.

On Saturday, students and chaperones toured the city on a double-decker bus before visiting the Museum Campus, where they toured both the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium.

"It was really interesting to go back to Chicago as a chaperone," said former TCR student Kelsie Jones. "I thought the trip was excellent and the students had a wonderful opportunity to explore a large city on foot, by trolley, by double-decker bus or boat."

Following tours of the museum and aquarium, the group departed on a chartered bus to Lincolnshire, Ill. to see a performance of the "Drowsy Chaperone" at the Marriott Theatre.

On Sunday morning, students and adults enjoyed incredible views from the observation box, located on the Willis Tower, and rode the elevated train, also known as the "L", a rapid transit system that serves the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

"The most wonderful thing on a TCR trip usually happens on the last day when you hear students saying things like 'I could live here and I wouldn't need a car because I could ride the 'L'", said TCR sponsor Carrie Mae Snapp.

The group also visited the Art Institute of Chicago where they spent several hours enjoying the works of art on display.

"It was great to see the students' faces when they actually got to see a true masterpiece in the art museum," said chaperone Tami Watson.

The last night in Chicago was spent at Navy Pier, where students and chaperones enjoyed amusement rides.

"We also took an architectural cruise on the Chicago River," Susie Jones, TCR sponsor, said.

"The kids really enjoyed seeing the building where Al Capone had a nightclub. The most interesting thing for them was learning that the building had previously been a jewelry store and that the building contained an elevator big enough for an armored truck to drive in. Capone used the elevator to drive his vehicle to his nightclub."

Students also enjoyed the stained glass museum and ate at various themed restaurants, including the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, while exploring Navy Pier.

"Chicago is one of the most beautiful and fun cities I have ever been to," said student Bridget Russell.

Before loading on their chartered bus and heading home, students enjoyed a last minute shopping opportunity on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the city's largest shopping district.

"We had a wonderful trip," Jones said. "The students were all so well behaved and seemed to learn about the city at each venue we visited."

After returning from the city, Snapp commented, "The students' confidence has grown so much, their horizons have expanded!"

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