Some local eighth graders are spending the next three days in Washington D.C. for a class field trip, despite the government shutdown.
Middle schoolers at East Irondequoit left for the nation's capital Wednesday morning.
120 eighth graders in East Irondequoit are on the field trip that was planned months ago. They have a full schedule, but said they had to make a few changes.
They will not get a chance to see the Smithsonian and National Zoo because they are closed,
but instead they will be touring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Supreme Court and will see the national monuments on a night tour.
"Even though the government shutdown there is an awful lot of opportunities to do that are government related and that the travel agency came up with an alternate itinerary for our kids about a week ago," said East Irondequoit Middle School Principal Mark Anson.
"I am very excited and I am sort of glad our plans have changed because we are going to see how money is made and I think that is really cool because I have always wanted to see that," said eighth grader Livi Koepke.
Another stop on the trip is a visit to the Nuseum; the news museum is open and not affected by the government shutdown.