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Government Shutdown: Point Reyes School Field Trip is Off

By Jean Elle
|  Friday, Oct 4, 2013  |  Updated 10:45 AM PDT
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Larkspur students disappointed in government over shutdown canceling highly anticipated field trip. Jean Elle reports.

Larkspur students disappointed in government over shutdown canceling highly anticipated field trip. Jean Elle reports.

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Students at Marin Primary and Middle School in Larkspur, Calif., say they don't understand what the federal government shutdown is all about.

But they do know it's the reason their four-day outdoor camping adventure is canceled.

The government shutdown that started Tuesday has closed the Point Reyes National Seashore, where 60 kids and 20 adults planned to have an outdoor classroom field trip this week.

Trevor Canton and the rest of the sixth grade students are disappointed.

"I was just sad because I liked the trip last year and I wanted to go as a sixth grader because we get to cook more," Trevor said.

Teacher Daydra Bell said little faces dropped when they heard the long-planned trip was off.

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"I was infuriated!" Bell said. "So frustrating our government can't do its job is the feeling I have."

Parents said since the gridlock is to blame for the canceled trip, the kids are now interested in the disagreement on Capitol Hill. But some worry the situation in Washington, D.C., sets a bad example for the students.

"It's rippling all the way down to these 11-year-olds who don't understand why the government can't get along, make some sense and move forward," parent Gayle Canton said.

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Teachers at Marin Primary and Middle School are now stuck with enough food for 80 people for four days. They plan to let the kids do some cooking at school and to take them on local outings to make up for missing out on the much anticipated school trip.

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