OXFORD — Oxford Hills School District directors have approved a student trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in April.

About 20 to 25 students of social studies teacher Craig Blanchard at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School will pay their way to the museum. The trip is planned April 8-11.

 Blanchard, who teaches an elective on the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda, said students approached him about visiting the Holocaust museum.

  Blanchard said he teaches two classes, with about 20 students in each, about genocide in Rwanda and the Holocaust.

“I was reluctant because of the money,” Blanchard said, referring to the cut in education funding from the state. He said students will pay for the trip themselves — it will be about $400 per student — and the school district’s liability insurance will cover them in case of accidents. The students will probably travel by train from Portland, he said.

  Not only will they be able to tour the museum, but also the Senate and meet Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who sits on the board for the Holocaust museum, Blanchard said.

The Board of Directors noted the educational value of the trip.

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