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Laurrell wins field trip to D.C.


Lyndy Laurrell of Rockdale (front row, second from left) was one of just 10 worldwide winners of an ‘Ultimate Field Trip Award’ sponsored by Lunchables. She, along with members of her family and friends got to spend four days in Washington, D.C. and got to stay overnight at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Emma Pickett, Lyndy Laurrell, Jordan Jerman, Debra Neal, (back row) Wendy Pickett, Amy and Randy Laurrell, Vernon Gore. Lyndy Laurrell of Rockdale (front row, second from left) was one of just 10 worldwide winners of an ‘Ultimate Field Trip Award’ sponsored by Lunchables. She, along with members of her family and friends got to spend four days in Washington, D.C. and got to stay overnight at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Emma Pickett, Lyndy Laurrell, Jordan Jerman, Debra Neal, (back row) Wendy Pickett, Amy and Randy Laurrell, Vernon Gore. Rockdale Junior High student Lyndy Laurrell, daughter of Randy and Amy Laurrell, recently won an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the “Lunchables-2011 Ultimate Field Trip Award.” Lyndy took both her parents, her grandfather, Vernon Gore, as well as two of her best friends Emma Pickett and Jordan Jerman along with their parents, Wendy Pickett and Debra Neal. On the four day, three night trip. Lyndy was one of 10 lucky worldwide winners of the prize.

The group from Rockdale on the trip toured Washington, D.C. VIP style. They visited the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the White House, The Smithsonian Native American History Museum, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Holocaust Museum and many other natural treasures. The group had special passes to tour the gallery of the United States Senate at the Capital, thanks to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, but even though they toured so many wonderful historic monuments, the entire trip was centered on the group attending a sleepover at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Lunchables provided the group with cots, pillows, sleeping bags and an exceptional behind the scenes curator tour with handson learning activities for everyone on the tour. “Indiana Jane,” museum curator for the African American history exhibit provided the group a special flashlight tour. The group got to spend the night sleeping in the Ocean Hall beneath Phoenix. The Phoenix hanging in the museum hall is a full-sized replica of the real North Atlantic Right whale rescued after a horrible accident with fishing nets and returned to the wild by marine biologists.

“ The girls (and the adults) all had a blast spending 4 days literally running through Washington, D.C. trying to see as much as possible in such little time,” Amy Laurrell said. “All together, the trip was a wonderful once-ina lifetime learning experience for all involved.”

The Laurrell family deeply thanks the Lunchables Corporation for providing such a wonderful learning opportunity.

Lyndy, Jordan and Emma are working on an educational presentation to share with their peers at RJH that they hope will help students make connections to their learning through the girls’ “Ultimate Field Trip” to Washington, D.C.


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