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To: CITRUS COUNTY FLORIDA

HD: From: Washington, D.C.

Editor's note

A group of 44 Lecanto Middle School students left at 5 a.m. Monday for a three-day visit to Washington, D.C.

Accompanied by three chaperones, including Times reporter Joanne Korth, the students, who completed eighth grade last week, will tour landmarks in the nation's capital before they return home Friday morning.

Each day, one of the travelers will write home. Today's postcard is from Katie Haynes.

Dear Mom and Dad,

Washington, D.C., is a really neat place. Today after breakfast we went to Mount Vernon. It was interesting to see the house that George Washington lived in.

After that we went to Hains Point and saw the sculpture The Awakening, which looks like a giant man stretching, coming out of the earth. I got a lot of pictures. Richard Lee climbed to the top of the fingers. So far that's the highest anyone has gotten (and the highest that you can go).

Next, we went to the Navy Yard, which is the oldest in the country. There we went on the USS Barry. Then we went to Ford's Theater. It was neat to see the place where Lincoln was assassinated.

Well, I have to get going.

Love,

Katie

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