The students were chosen for their academic achievement. They come from W.J. Christian, L.M Smith middle, and Huffman middle and high schools.
Most of the trip was financed by an anonymous business donor. District 1 council member Lashunda Scales also contributed from the district's discretionary fund. 7th district congresswoman Terri Sewell awarded national mall tickets to the group.
The children and their chaperones left today at 6pm.