Students have the opportunity to sell items over the four years preceding their trip to help with their expenses.
The Victor American Legion sponsors a pancake breakfast every year with proceeds going towards the trip expenses. HLV students help at this event.
1991 - 96 students and 10 adults attended. The student cost was $170.
Friday-Capitol Hill tour, Supreme Court building tour, dinner and a night view of DC
Saturday-Trip to Mt. Vernon, lunch at Old Towne in Alexandria, perform at Lincoln Memorial, wreath laying at Arlington Cemetery, National Archives, night view of DC
Sunday-Optional church, Washington Monument, Smithsonian, White House, Perform at Post Office Pavilion, Smithsonian, Play or Dinner Theater
Monday-Band students to Fort Meade for clinic with Army Band, non-band to Smithsonian, tour of FBI building, Ford's Theater, Peterson House
The following fundraisers were held to help fund the first trip:
9th grade-Chili supper, ice cream bars and raffle
10th grade-Valentine cookies w/messages, school dance, concessions at bingo
11th grade-Lapel ribbons and red/white/blue bows
12th grade-Pizza and burrito sale
Other fundraisers included a pops concert, bake sale, ice scraper sale, bingo, atlas sale and pancake breakfast. Students could also be rented out to help with "chores". Other financial support came from individual business donations, HLV Music Booster donations, and funding from the HLV school.
1995 DC Trip-138 of the 166 students attended. The cost was $210.00.
Students departed from the Cedar Rapids Airport on 3 flights arriving in the capitol before 11:00 a.m. Friday schedule-tour FBI building, tour Pentagon, night view of the lighted monuments and memorials. Saturday-White House Tour, Ford's Theater, Petersen House, Band & swing choir performance at Navy Memorial, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Museums, Ford's Theater Show (Nunsense II). Sunday-Washington Monument, Performance at Lincoln Memorial, White House picture, Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon, night view of lighted monuments and memorials part 2. Monday-Bureau of engraving and printing, Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns and wreath laying ceremony, Capitol Hill tour including visit to the House and Senate, meet with Senator or Representative, Library of Congress picture stop, group photo in front of capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Supreme Court building.
1999 Washington DC Trip 130 students, 15 adults. The cost was $250 each.
Friday-Old Post Office, lunch at Union Station, Jefferson Memorial, Ford's Theater, Peterson House, National Archives (Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights), Franklin Delanor Roosevelt Memorial, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Saturday-White House & Garden Tour, Washington National Monument, Pentagon City Mall, Arlington National Cemetery (Kennedy grave sites and Challenger Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soliders (changing of the Guard and Wreath laying ceremony, Mount Vernon (George Washington's Estate), boat cruise on the Potomac River.
Sunday-Museum of American History, Holocaust Museum, Air & Space Museum, Embassy Row, Old Town Alexandria, Washington National Cathedral, Lazy Susan Dinner Theater (Shenandoah).
Monday-FBI Firearms Display, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Einstein Statue, Reagan International Trade Center, Supreme Court, meeting with Senator Grassley and tour office, Capitol building, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, The Awakening Statue, Pentagon City Mall.