Can you help?

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, students from Serra High School will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Close Up Washington D.C. program. This week-long program gives students the opportunity to experience their government in action and gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to be informed, engaged citizens.

This innovative educational program is run by the Close Up Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan civic education organization. Since 1972, Close Up has brought more than 665,000 students and teachers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to experience firsthand the history, politics, and culture of the nation’s capital. While on the program, students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities such as small group workshops, seminars with Washington, D.C. journalists, lobbyists, and embassy officials, and meetings with members of Congress and their staffs. Furthermore, students will learn from and debate with their peers from across the country, exposing them to differing attitudes and perspectives. Recently, the University of Virginia validated the program’s curriculum, giving students the opportunity to earn college credit for their participation.

The all-inclusive program cost for each student, including instruction, travel, expenses, meals, and lodging is $1857.00. Because civic education is for everyone, and not just the most privileged, we are dedicated to making this valuable educational program available to all students, regardless of financial background. I hope you will help us by contributing to our endeavor.

Your contribution would be an investment in our community’s future by helping students become active, informed citizens. Please make your check payable to the Close Up Foundation and use the attached payment coupon to mail your donation. Your contribution may be tax-deductible. The Close Up Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization exempt from federal tax. Its Federal Employer Identification number, for your records, is 23-7122882.

Please feel free to call me for more information concerning the Close Up program. I can be reached at Serra High School, 650-345-8207 (x559) during the day, or in the evening at by email.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of Serra students.


Mr. Kevin Carey
Close Up Alum/Sponsor
History Teacher, Social Studies Department