Knox County safety patrol students return home from annual DC tr

Knox County safety patrol students return home from annual DC trip

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"We went to all the monuments and just had fun," Bishop said. "We went to all the monuments and just had fun," Bishop said.
Thousands of Knox County fifth graders returned home from their class trip to Washington D.C. Monday night as part of the annual safety patrol trip. Thousands of Knox County fifth graders returned home from their class trip to Washington D.C. Monday night as part of the annual safety patrol trip.
Cheers erupted as the buses rolled in, carrying more than 2,000 5th graders home from D.C. Cheers erupted as the buses rolled in, carrying more than 2,000 5th graders home from D.C.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of Knox County fifth graders returned home from their class trip to Washington D.C. Monday night as part of the annual safety patrol trip.

One of the students was 11-year-old Jordan Bishop, who we first told you about when he was starting a fundraiser in February.

Previous story: Knoxville 5th graders work to raise thousands for DC trip

Jordan knew some of the families were struggling to pay for the trip, so he came together with his classmates at Adrian Burnett Elementary to raise more than $8,000.

Cheers erupted as the buses rolled in, carrying more than 2,000 5th graders home from D.C.

"We went to all the monuments and just had fun," Bishop said.

Because of Jordan and his friends raising the money, 26 students got half of the $440 trip paid for, plus spending money.

"I think it's good of Jordan that he did that for our school that way we could have most people go," said student Miranda Kidd.

"We got so much help from all the parents, my mom and everybody," Bishop said.

Jordan's mom Angela worked countless hours to help his idea come to life. It was a trip very personal to her. 

"In 8th grade we had the opportunity to go, but my dad was working out of town and money was the issue and I didn't get to go," Angela Bishop said.

So she wanted to make sure that didn't happen to any students this year.

"They worked really hard at the fundraising events and I think they all deserve to go, and because of the fundraising that was possible," said parent Hollie Kirkland.

"It cut the costs in half and really it was all about showing them you have to work to get what you want in life. It taught them a lot of lessons," parent Jennifer Trump said.

Jordan says he's already working on his next idea, raising money for Boy Scout camp.  

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