Two years ago two charter buses full of Minnesota high school journalists and advisers traveled to the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. A similar experience is being planned for this year’s fall convention in Kansas City for KC Converge, Nov. 11-14 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown and Convention Center.
Riley Worth, adviser in Albert Lea, Minn., is putting together a bus trip, scheduled to leave Thursday morning, Nov. 11, returning Sunday evening, Nov. 14. Tentatively, the bus would do one or two pick ups in the Twin Cities area between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., then travel south on I-35, stopping again in Albert Lea for a final pick up around 10 a.m.
The bus would arrive in Kansas City around 4 p.m. and would leave Sunday after the awards ceremony (around noon).
If you are interested, here are some important dates/deadlines:
1) Oct. 1 — An approximate number of riders (students + chaperones) from your group. This will help get an estimation of the per-rider cost (advisers/chaperones ride free).
2) Oct. 22 — An exact number of riders, so that school districts can be billed.
Obviously, the more riders, the cheaper the cost. The cost per bus is approximately $3,500 ($3,000, plus driver’s hotel room per night). I think the maximum riders per bus is around 50 (so about 40 students).
It’d be great to have two busses near maximum capacity.
If you have any questions, please contact Riley Worth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-271-2783 (cell) or 507-379-5807 (school extension).