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Generals seeing history on trip East

The Shafter High Generals football team has been making history, from the first Valley Championship in over 70 years to playing in Shafter's first State Championship game. For a change of pace, Coach Jerald Pierucci, some staff and 22 players set out on a cross-country trip to see some of the country's earliest history.

The group have been saving and fundraising for the past two years, with each player responsible for their own bill for the trip.

The group started in Boston on June 13, followed by a couple of days in New York, before heading to Philadelphia, Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. "This trip has been a dream of mine," said Pierucci. "It is a great opportunity for these kids to see so much of our nation's history, and experience so much that they will never forget."

They were to return to Shafter on June 19.

While in New York, the group was going to visit the 9/11 Museum, Rockefeller Center, Ellis Island, the Empire State building, and also catch a Broadway show.

The team also had a chance to visit Harvard University, where they were able to meet some of the coaches and players, as well as go down onto the field of their stadium.

In Washington, D.C., the group will get to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol building, as well as the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial.

Pierucci said that this is a unique experience for the majority of the kids. "We had 12 of the kids who had never been on a plane before, and the majority of them haven't been further than Nevada in their lives. So, this is a great opportunity for these kids and I love being able to help make it happen."

The trip is put on by EF Educational Tours


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