Hopes of New York Trip May be Staying Alive for Dunbar Middle School - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/06

Hopes of New York Trip May be Staying Alive for Dunbar Middle School

A group of Lubbock students trying to go to New York City for spring break now has new hope. On Thursday, we told you the trip was cancelled after the money mysteriously disappeared. The teacher who controlled the money resigned on Monday. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire tells us how that trip may still be possible.

The sounds of the closing bell and sights of Central Park may still be possible for over 50 Dunbar Middle School students and chaperones. "I really do. I have my work cut out for me," said an overwhelmed Dunbar parent Tammy Ureste.

She's now heading up a second fund raising effort after learning the initial money they raised went missing. "We're trying to raise the entire basically $81,000 again to salvage this trip by spring break. If not, we'll go in June," said Ureste.

Friday morning, City Bank donated $1,000 to the cause encouraging other area businesses to do the same. Ureste said it already seems to be working. "I've got a phone call into a lawyers office, they're going to donate. I don't know how much, she hasn't told me yet. There's some other businesses that were on my caller ID," she said.

Dunbar Principal Dr. Royce Avery is ecstatic at the community's outpouring of support. "I think the dream may still be there," said Avery, "so it's all about that right now and it's all about supporting the kids and what they're wishes were at the time."

The students chose New York as their spring break location. Ureste and Dr. Avery said the trip is about diversity and things they couldn't learn inside the walls of Dunbar. "Seeing the culture, testing the foods. It was going to be a real learning experience for them," said Ureste.

"It's an opportunity I know a good 90% of the children going wouldn't have had if someone hadn't stepped in and helped make that happen," stated Dr. Avery.

Ureste hopes the students will receive enough donations to salvage their trip. If you'd like to contribute you can do so at any City Bank location.

Ureste also tells us she and the other parents have filed a police report against the teacher who was in charge of the money.

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