Every year since 1994, American history teacher Barb Schwarz has taken her seventh-grade students from Benson, Minn., to Washington, D.C., for real-life lessons in history and government. History isn't all the students learn, Schwarz said. The trip -- costing $1,000 per student and paid for through fundraisers and family contributions -- also provides students with a variety of lessons about traveling, managing money and life in a big city, she said.

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