The instructors for the 2004 National
I was lucky enough
to be a volunteer instructor for this program and had
the most incredible week of my professional life. What
is it, you ask? From their website, it says ...
Me thanking the students on Friday.
This crop of kids were incredible.
Presidential Classroom, participants observe the federal government
at work, witness the development of public policy and explore
the roles of citizens, lawmakers, experts, associations and
businesses in the world's most successful democracy. Presidential
Classroom takes students behind the scenes of our nation's capital
for seminars and discussions featuring members of Congress,
Presidential appointees, journalists and other Washington insiders
and names in the news
it's a program kids all over the country can apply for and if
chosen, they come to Washington D.C. for a week's education
of their government up close. For more information of the specifics,
see their website.
a volunteer instructor, I chaperoned 40 of the nearly 400 students
around Washington. It was a break neck pace and there were some
rough spots but if they got as much out of it as I did, they
will never be the same. The best summary of my thoughts on this
program are twofold:
I will be back next year and every year thereafter as a volunteer
My kids will be going when they get old enough.
these pages, I will try to capture my experience with words
and pictures. If you participated, whether student, staff, or
instructor, please feel free to send
me pictures and/or writings about your experience. I would
be happy to post them here.
will create and link pages as fast as I can so check back often.
nuggets of knowledge I harvested while volunteering for the
Presidential Classroom in 2003
and join the Presidential Classroom Alumni List. It's free
and you earned it. Instructors and interns, too!
still need caucus lists and caucus reports. Please help me
out if you can send them to
More pictures!!! Preferably those with people in them. I covered
most of the sights.
Your Stories: You know you got some good stories about the
week!!! I will be writing my own describing the day to day,
behind the scenes (but not too far behind) happenings of the
week. If you would like to send me yours, I will make another
section here and post them. They can be antonymous if you
wish but I reserve the right to screen out for propriety's
sake, and I know you know what I mean. Keep it clean, folks.