Sheriff Support & Scholarships Bring Largest Safety Patrol To DC
Thanks to the continued support of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department and new Sheriff Mike Prendergast, along with over $20,000 in scholarships from April Royal and the Phil Royal Legacy Foundation, 502 Citrus County Safety Patrol students, teachers and sponsors joined Educational Tours for a record trip to Washington, D.C. (Click on the photo above to enlarge the view.)
Sheriff and Mrs. Prendergast and April Royal were among the largest safety patrol group ever making the trip to our nation’s capitol. Educational Tours also provided two scholarships, to the 37 funded by the Phil Royal Legacy, helping to make this a record for safety patrol groups from Citrus County schools.
Brian Lattin and Tom Doyle of Educational Tours managed logistics for the six day tour, which included 215 hotel rooms, 11 buses and countless meals, event tickets and other details. The group visited most of the key highlights around Washington, D.C. as well as a tour of Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“We have been taking area safety patrols on tour for over 30 years and are just so proud to have such a huge group represented from our home town of Inverness and Citrus County,” said Doyle. “Thanks to April and everyone associated with the Foundation, Sheriff Prendergast and all the sheriff department staff involved, the sponsors and the parents for making it possible to bring such a large group of kids on the tour.”
Educational Tours is in the midst of a record season for safety patrol trips to Washington, D.C. in June, according to Lattin. He said over 3,500 students, teachers and sponsors are touring with the company through the end of the month.