Oakwood Students Chaperoning Youth Club Trip to Obama Inauguration

FOLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – A few months ago, it would have seemed unlikely a group of children from Foley, Alabama would get to experience the inauguration of a President of the United States. Now, 14 kids from the John McClure Snook Youth Club are heading to Washington, D.C.

Julia Phipps, a Senior at Oakwood University. Phipps spent her summer in Foley, doing art projects with the kids. Phipps, along with five other Oakwood students, will be chaperoning the kids on their trip to the Capitol.

“I think it’s an enormous experience for them because there are so many great things that come with travel, to open them up to that opportunity is beautiful and wonderful,” said Phipps.

Phipps says a trip like this gives the children something to aspire to outside of their small town in South Alabama.

“They probably don’t get any involvement in political things, so to give them that experience, maybe one of them will feel the need to become a president of the United States,” said Phipps.

The youth club has been fundraising to afford the nearly $9,000 trip. They will leave Foley on Saturday and drive through the night to DC. They plan to wake up bright and early Monday morning to get as close to the inauguration festivities as possible.

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