BRIEF: After alleged theft students scramble to raise funds for trip

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thumbRNS-CONGRESS-DIVERSE.1119121-240x240COEUR D’ALENE — Seventh and eighth grade students at Lake City Junior Academy are scrambling to earn additional funds for their history trip to Washington, D.C. after a local travel agent allegedly  pocketed a $3,750 deposit the class paid for airline tickets, according to a press release. The travel agent declared bankruptcy weeks after receiving the students’ deposit without purchasing any tickets.

The April 2014 trip would be the fifth time LCJA students have toured the nation’s capital. Every year students fundraise for the history trip that takes place every two years by selling homemade pies and participating in a Trash-a-thon, where the kids solicit donations to clean up litter around Coeur d’Alene and Hayden.

This month students will be working extra hard during the Oct. 23 Trash-a-thon to make up for the missing funds. During the event, they plan to plant donated daffodil bulbs along some of the roads they clean, according to a news release.

The school has filed a police report on the missing money but the Upper Columbia Conference is not optimistic that it will be recovered.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the class may contact the school at 208-667-0877.

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