Steve Whitmer – 8th Grade American History, Fruit Cove Middle School

My name is Steve Whitmer and I teach American History at Fruit Cove Middle School in Jacksonville, FL. Our school has been using Bailey Tours for our annual 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., since we opened in 2001. They have been a top notch organization since day one. Bailey Tours is always willing to work with the school, the students and parents to meet all necessary accommodations and requests. Their drivers are excellent, their tour guides are amazing and very knowledgeable, and we are always able to pack as much sightseeing as possible in the time frame that we have. Dick Tackett has been doing this for a very long time and has connections all over the places that we travel. Colette Poore goes the extra mile when dealing with incoming deposits, payments, etc. The staff at our school that take the trip year after year knows the guides and drivers very well. It’s almost like a family reunion when we meet up with them to leave and begin our journey to the nation’s capital.

When I run into former students, sometimes years down the road, the first thing that they mention to me was how incredible the Washington Trip was and how much they got out of it. On multiple occasions they have called it “the trip of a lifetime.” Bailey Tours makes it possible to take care of everything so that the students can focus on the trip and get the most learning and enjoyment out of it.

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