News Release
Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler
Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High
Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager | 708-226-7628

For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2016
8th graders explore Land of Lincoln
Homer Junior High School eighth-graders were in Springfield recently, following in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln.
Students had an opportunity to visit the Old State Capitol where Lincoln served as a State Legislator, tour the home in which he raised his family, see the building that housed his law offices with partner William Herndon and stand at the train depot from which he left Springfield for the 1861 inauguration.
“The annual 8th grade field trip provides students with a fun, educational way to learn about Illinois history, especially about the great emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln,” said Karen Norville, who organized this year’s trip.
Students even have a chance to experience Illinois government in action. This year, for example, a few student groups watched as the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2059, a stop-gap funding bill to help universities, colleges and community colleges remain operational through September.
The trip was optional for all Homer Junior High School eighth-graders, giving them an opportunity to visit the Land of Lincoln
In addition to seeing Lincoln’s old neighborhood, students visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the New State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb.
Participants paid $99 for the day-long motorcoach tour on April 22. Several parents served as chaperones while a professional tour director served as the guide.
Lincoln lived in Springfield for 24 years, passing (in his own words) “from a young to an old man.”
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