Reporting Steve Pickett
DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Emily Streidl, 13, likes to travel.
This weekend, she and one dozen other students from Dallas International School will take a special field trip like none other.
“It’s an historic moment. I’m very excited,” the eighth grader said Wednesday afternoon.
Streidl will travel to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The trip is part of the school’s commitment to exposing students to various traditions, nations and cultures.
“We’ve taken students to Canada and Europe,” educator Lorraine Gachelin said.
On Saturday, 14 eighth graders will fly to Washington DC, spend the weekend touring national museums, historic American monuments and become part of the hundreds of thousands trying to get a view of the swearing-in ceremony for President Obama’s re-election.
Student Hughes Bouffard’s family are natives of France. The 14-year-old moved to the U.S. four years ago.
“It’s pretty amazing to see the President inauguration,” the teenager said.
Dallas International uses the French education system as its teaching foundation.
Students are taught French and Spanish as early as 2nd grade. European history supersedes U.S. History for the school’s curriculum.
The trip to the nation’s capital is deemed an addendum to the student’s educational experience.
“They’re excited to learn about American history. This is not something they get in their daily schooling,” teacher Lorraine Gachelin said.
Dallas International students won’t be the only Dallas area student group attending the inauguration.
One hundred students from Dallas ISD’s Barack Obama Leadership Academy are also heading to Washington for the holiday weekend festivities.
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