Independence parents upset district canceled field trip to state capital

They're raising money to plan their own visit

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A group of parents in Independence is raising money to send their children on a field trip to the Missouri state capital after the school district canceled it.

Every year, the fourth graders at Bryant Elementary School go on a field trip to Jefferson City to learn about the state's history. But this year, the trip fell during state assessment tests.

School leaders told the parents that students couldn't miss a day of test preparations. But some parents weren't satisfied with that answer, so they're raising money to take the children on the trip on their own time.

"You learn so much in the classroom, but to actually see everything put practically to use, and to be able to see our history, I think they retain a lot of it," Melissa Weixeldorfer said. "It means a lot more to them, as well."

The field trip to the state capital is now tentatively set for Thursday, Feb. 14. Several parents have signed up to go, but organizers said there will be waivers other parents can sign if they can't attend.

A fundraiser to help pay for the trip is set for Saturday at Allen's Banquet Hall in Independence. It includes a bake sale, raffle and rummage sale.

In a statement to 41 Action News, the Independence School District said they believe academics are more important than a field trip during this time of the year.

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