Before leaving, the group gave thanks for the opportunity to witness history.
"One day when I have children, I will tell them about this history. And someday, they might become the next president," said Christian Holt, who is in the sixth grade.
"It's an honor and privilege for me to be going to D.C.," said fifth grade student Jakari Burgin.
The students are blogging about their experiences at www.sharemyinauguration.com
Twenty-six Mikva Challenge students also left Saturday from Midway airport. They all helped campaign for the presidential candidates, and their efforts earned them the opportunity to go to the inauguration.