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8th & 9th Grade FIELD TRIP - Minidoka Internment Camp


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AHCS 8th and 9th Grade students will spend their "Virtual Day" on a FIELD TRIP to the Minidoka Internment Camp, National Historic Site near Jerome, Idaho.

The bus will depart from AHCS at 6:00 am and return to AHCS around 6:30 pm that same day. If time permits, students will also stop at Craters of the Moon National Monument on the return trip.

Students will need a signed permission slip to participate.

Students must wear dress code approved clothing, but students may bring hats and wear well kept, clean, blue or black jeans (no tears, rips, bleaching, and no bling). Students should wear comfortable shoes to walk and hike in. Students should bring snacks for breakfast, a sack lunch, and some money (or snacks) for a fast food dinner on the return trip.

Minidoka (aka Hunt) was one of many Internment Camps used during World War II to house thousands of Japanese Americans who were relocated to camps in the western interior of the country. Between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific coast, were forced to abandon their homes and relocate in the interest of national security. Many of these patriotic Americans endured this hardship with honor and went on to faithfully support their country in civilian and military service. There are many lessons to learn from this trying and difficult time in our nation's history.

This field trip and program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho. IHC is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1965.