Students leave for inauguration

January 18, 2009 1:45:30 PM PST
A number of Chicago school students are heading to Washington to see the presidential inauguration.Many of the students left for the nation's capital Saturday. A group called the "D.C. 24" boarded buses at the Frazier Preparatory Academy on the West Side. The fifth and sixth grade students were chosen for the tripbased on their grades and essays they wrote.

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

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.