Anne Canipe has been teaching for four decades across three different states. Every four years she leads a group of students to see the President of the United States sworn into office. This will be the 9th time she has made the trip.
Canipe believes that exposing her students to history is one of the best educational experiences they can get.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT)- The inauguration is many things for many people, but for one Chesterfield teacher the swearing in of a president is a living breathing classroom. Tomorrow, for the 9th consecutive time, class will once again be in session.
It is a labor of love for Anne Canipe.
"Every time every inauguration is different,” said Canipe.
Canipe is a world history teacher at Cosby High School. Every four years she opens up the opportunity to every student at her school to be a part of history.
"I have 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders going,” she said. “Most of the kids I have taught, others I have not."
Dejarelle Gaines is one of those students.
"I like going to parades,” said Gaines. “I like being around a bunch of people."
Gaines has lived in Alaska and Washington State. She landed in the swing state of Virginia at just the right time.
"The whole election was really exciting because you really couldn't tell where it was going to go because you had half of the people for Obama half of the people for Mitt Romney,” she said.
In all 35 students will make the trip. They are all excited, but Linden Pulley thinks it will take some time for the gravity of what they are experiencing to sink in.
"I know it is really important,” she said. “But twenty years from now I'll probably look back on this and realize that is was much more significant than I'm seeing it from now."
This trip is one of many Canipe leads students on regularly. She said allowing them to experience history as it happens, enhances their learning in ways that can't be duplicated.
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