WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Their field trip was nearly cancelled after terrorists attacked Paris and then threatened the nation's capitol, but about 250 students from Medina, Ohio persevered and were rewarded during their travels with a very special visit from the city’s mayor.
Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser met with the entire 8th grade class from Claggett Middle School and the 19 teachers chaperoning the trip.
Principal Paul Worsencroft said the mayor's office tracked him down earlier in the day after first calling his secretary back home.
Mayor Bowser was apparently appreciative and touched that the group decided not to cancel their plans in light of world events.
Worsencroft said he and the superintendent considered stopping or postponing the trip, but decided to stick with the plans after extensive security and threat level checks. For that, the mayor was deeply grateful.
“She thanked us for coming out and not letting the terrorists win,” said Mr. Worsencroft.
The mayor also shook hands with the students and took some selfies for Twitter.
“There are a lot of experiences kids have and certain things are indelible in their memory,” said Mr. Worsencroft, “Something like this is a memory that will last a lifetime.”
After departing D.C. early Friday, the students and staff will travel to Shanksville, Pennsylvania to see the Flight 93 Memorial, erected for the brave souls who perished in the field during the terror attacks of 9/11.