A New Turn On Washington, DC – Capitol Wheel

photo of Capitol Wheel at National Harbor in Washington, DCThe team at Ed Tours is always in search of new student tour stop ideas in Washington, DC. The nation’s capitol is the number one destination for class trips with so many civic, historical and cultural things to see and do. We offer several popular DC Tour packages to all the most popular attractions. Our team can also customize any trip to meet the needs of teachers and interests of students. That includes finding the newest things around the region.

The new Capitol Wheel at National Harbor is truly a new turn on Washington, DC. This 180 foot Ferris Wheel towers over the harbor with 42 climate controlled gondolas. It’s a fun experience that offers spectacular views of the Capitol Building, White House, National Mall and more.

Several of these large observation Ferris Wheels have been going up around the world recently with the Capitol Wheel opening a few months ago. Another of the most popular student tour destinations also has an observation wheel under construction. The Orlando Eye is scheduled to open spring of 2015.

The Ferris Wheel was first introduced by it’s inventor George Ferris at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago (World’s Colombian Exhibition.) Since then there have been many of the common smaller “Ferris Wheels” at fairs and amusement parks. But the resurgence of these truly giant observation wheels is a recent phenomenon harkening back to Mr. Ferris’ original concept.

Contact us to learn more about taking your class on a tour that includes the thrill of a giant observation wheel experience.

Hinson Middle Super Salesman Headed To DC

Hinson Middle Hometown News Cover StoryTeachers and sponsors of class tours often offer students fundraising opportunities to help pay for their travel costs. There are a variety of ways to raise money in both group and individual activities from holding car washes to selling everything from baked goods to magazines. A Hinson Middle School eighth grader from Ormond Beach, Florida has set a school record in an impressive display of salesmanship that earned him a spot on his class trip to Washington, DC and a feature in the local newspaper.

Teacher Joe Vetter has been working with Educational Tours for several years to take his eigth graders to Washington, DC. He partnered with a local Domino’s Pizza outlet that allows students to sell coupons that offer two-for-one pizzas for $10. Each student gets a book of 50 and can earn $350 if they sell all of them.  That’s exactly what Derrick Harris did.

Vetter says he has never had a student who worked quite so hard to raise money for the trip. The impressive feat of salesmanship earned Harris his ticket to DC and a front page story in the local Hometown News. He broke the school record for fundraising sales and surpassed his self-set goal of 40 in the three-week fundraising event with 51 sales!

We have heard many great stories about fundraising activities from our teachers over the years. Joe Vetter’s pizza sales program is a great example of how teacher/sponsors can partner with local businesses in a win-win effort that allows students to raise money and learn about goal setting and achievement. Derrick Harris definitely stands out as a Super Salesman. A Washington, DC trip is all about helping students to experience how the American Dream was created and how our government sustains it. Harris’ exemplary effort also demonstrates how anything is possible in our nation with hard work and dedication.

Hinson Middle School has been working with Educational Tours since the 2005/06 school year.  They do tours to Tallahassee as well as Washington, DC.

Have a great fundraising example or success story from your class trip? Share it below with a comment, or contact your ET rep with details and let us feature it in a story here on the Ed Tours Blog.

The New Ed Tours Website Launches Today

Preview of new Educational Tours WebsiteWatch for a brand new look coming to the Educational Tours Website today.  We are excited about the new graphic style and design that adjusts for great viewing on desktops, pads or smart phones.

But it’s more than just a pretty face.  There are also several new tour destination packages rolling out to some of the most exciting cities for class tours in the continental U.S.  Take your students on class trips from Florida to California and everywhere in between.  Explore Kennedy Space Center for an overnight trip to sleep under a Space Shuttle.  Tour the deep south and its rich historical cities like Atlanta.  Discover new learning adventures in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans. Fly your class to San Francisco and experience one of the world’s most amazing cities.

The new website is really just the tip of the travel iceberg though.  Look beyond the new destination packages with the Educational Tours team.  The possibilities are endless and we are ready to take you and your class there and back for an educational adventure that will leave memories that last a lifetime for students.

We look forward to welcoming you on board with an Educational Tour during the 2014-15 student travel season!