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Seventh- and eighth-graders have the option to participate in the East Coast trip every other year. Dates, costs, and a sample itinerary are given to students at the beginning of their sixth or seventh grade year. Detailed information and plans for fundraising to defray some of the expenses are planned in the spring and fall. Sites such as the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, and the Vietnam Memorial are just a few of the amazing places students experience during their trip.

To learn more about this special trip, please see the FAQs updated June 2019

Hope 8th Grade Families – Trip Update March 8, 2022:

Hello East Coast Trip travelers (and parents!)

We are close to finalizing all the details for our trip! I am still waiting for a official itinerary and other details, but I wanted to get out some trip information in the meanwhile.

I will be leading the trip, with Hope’s 6th grade homeroom teacher Tim Allen assisting. We are also pleased to welcome 1 teacher, 2 adult chaperones, and 6 students from Concordia Lutheran School in north Seattle. We have traveled with them in the past, and Concordia is also where I taught for 3 years prior to coming to Hope. We are glad to have you all join us!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Thanks! Kristen

Trip Dates

April 29-May 5, 2022

COVID-19 Protocols

All travelers are required by Worldstrides to be tested for COVID-19 prior to traveling. We will have everyone complete rapid tests on April 28, 2022, the day before traveling. Please note that adult chaperones will need to be tested that day also. All travelers must be fully vaccinated. We will bring a few rapid tests along with our trip, as well as have access to Worldstrides’ medical team if needed.

Tentative Flight Information

Departure April 29 Alaska Air Seattle to Baltimore leave 7:30 AM PST

Return May 5 Alaska Air JFK to Seattle leave 4:30 PM EST

We will communicate more information about when to meet at the airport and at what time soon. Travelers will be handling their own luggage for the trip so please pack just one suitcase (carry-on size preferable) plus a backpack for ease of travel. Checked baggage fees are not included in the trip cost. A packing list will be coming soon!

Tentative Itinerary

Our Worldstrides representative and I have been working hard on creating a rich learning experience. Below is the tentative itinerary as of now:

Day Events Evening Hotel
April 29 2022 fly to Baltimore, evening memorials Washington DC
April 30 2022 DC Highlights, Arlington Nat’l Cemetery Washington DC
May 1 2022 Capitol,  museums, Mt Vernon, memorials Washington DC
May 2 2022 Gettysburg, travel to NYC, evening cruise NYC
May 3 2022 Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square NYC
May 4 2022 Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Broadway Show NYC
May 5 2022 911 Memorial & Museum, One World, fly home home



Adult travelers will be 2 to a room and student travelers will be 4 to a room. We will be checking with the students soon to ask them to choose 1 or 2 roommate preferences.

To print the above information, click here.


Kristen Okabayashi

Principal, Hope Lutheran School


Fundraising Proposal Form

If you have a fundraiser that you feel would be a good fit for the Washington D.C. enrichment program, please fill out this form and submit to the school office. All fundraisers MUST be approved first by the Principal. Please allow at least 30 days for approval.

Fundraising Proposal Template May 2019

Fundraising Guidelines 2021 trip

Proceeds benefit the Hope Lutheran Middle School Washington D.C. enrichment program.