The Iota Jr./Sr. 4-H Club made their annual awards trip to many areas on the East Coast. A total of 88 participants boarded two tour buses on July 16, 2010 to complete the journey.
They traveled over 30 hours to get to their first destination which was Philadelphia. The group attended mass at the Shrine of St. John Neumann. They toured the historical park that contained the Liberty Bell as well as Independence Hall and other historical areas.
Later that day, they completed the journey into New York. For the next several days, the tour group was amazed and delighted with all the activities there were to do. The tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island took all day. It truly is an amazing sight sitting there in New York harbor. Thank you, France, for the beautiful gift that most Americans love and appreciate.
The next day the group took a tour of the city on one of their topless buses. One of the most interesting stops was the sight of Ground Zero. The group got down and toured St. Paul’s Chapel, which served as a relief mission for the recovery workers at Ground Zero.
The tour ended at the Empire State Building. The group enjoyed lunch there and visited the observation deck of the building. The excited travelers ended the day at the new Yankee Stadium for a regular season ball game.
Can you imagine going to New York and being on the Morning Show? Well the Louisiana students and adults got that opportunity. After the taping of the show, the participants were given a tour of the studio.
Next on the days activity was a tour of FAO Schwarz the large toy company. All the students were treated to a private tour by the Toy Soldiers who work in the store. After lunch they departed for the New Amsterdam Theatre and were treated to a performance of Mary Poppins.
The group started to make their way back with a stop at Williamsburg, Va. They toured the colonial area of teh city and picked up some bargains to boot. Busch Gardens theme park seemed to be a special place especially for the thrill seekers who enjoys all the thrilling rides. The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
The next two days the group continued their journey back to Cajun Country. The last planned activity was a stop at the famous restaurant, Lambert’s, home of the throwed rolls.
The following students attended the 10-day journey: Joseph Carriere, Shannon Carriere, Christopher Carriere, Samantha Burleigh, Cloe Parsley, Lillie Hauptman, Hannah Hauptman, Layla Patton, Maya Clement, Conner Story, Caleb Johnson, Darian Landry, Ariel Valair, John Arthur Valair, Regan Wall, Ian Felix, Emily Hillamn, Jonathan Simon, Bailey Story, Lexis Champagnre, Desiree Stockman, Lauren Miller, Brad Chesterman, Trent Laverge, Jade Trahan, Ashley Arcement, Johnny Soileau, Shelby Louviere, Katie Hebert, Matt Thibodeaux, Stefan Godeaux, Sage Cart, Bree Miller, Briana Miller, Jael Hayley Spell, Lindsey Speer, Johnny Huntley, Dustin Breaux, Kaeley LaCombe, Tori Sarsfield and Allison Aymond
Adults who accompanied the students included: Carolyn and Raymond Breaux, Joella and Ronnie Lease, T-Man and Judia LaCombe, Charlie and Janice LeJeune, Monica Thompson, Tina Guillory, Shirley Dietz, Mary Hebert, Rose Guillory, Jackie Trahan, Liz Miller, Clothilde Valair, Susan Boone, Berna Dean Manuel, Susan Sarsfield, Stephanie Hebert, Betty Dupre, Delores Clement, Sandra St. Andre, Sandra Richard, Jackie Reed, Bridgett Doucet, Julie Hebert, Pam Hillman, Lee Wall, Racheal Simon, Jennifer Cart, Kevin Picot, Amanda Story, Nicki Miller, Tammie Hauptman, Connie Trahan, Carmen Speer, Tracey Landry, Cindy Leckelt, Lynette Gotte and Mary Guillory.