Debi Rubera | Thursday, 24 May 2012 - Saturday, 9 June 2012

Date(s): 
24 May 2012 to 9 June 2012
Speaker: 
Debi Rubera
Debi Rubera with her students from Gusty Michael School

Debi Rubera’s tour was a unique opportunity to support a teacher who was traveling to Washington, D.C. with her students from a remote Alaskan village. The purpose of this trip was to introduce Washington D.C. to the nine students of Gusty Michael School, a trip of a lifetime for them. In addition, the students themselves became “arctic ambassadors” teaching those with whom they met about the arctic environment that they live in, what their daily life is like, and what affects their way of life. Debi and her students had a two-week tour filled with activities in and around the D.C. area. While in Washington, they toured the Capitol, Pentagon, Supreme Court, NOAA, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Bureau of Printing and Engraving, as well as visited many Smithsonian museums and the Department of Education. The children also spent a day shadowing children of their own age in a school in Alexandria, Virginia to experience an ordinary school day in an urban setting. The second week, the group engaged in activities in Pennsylvania including caving, participating in a creek study, and visiting Gettysburg as well as an Amish farm.