One hundred and sixty five eighth grade students from across the Four States and beyond get the chance to close their American History book and learn about the past first hand in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Around ten students each from Baxter Springs, Joplin and Springdale, Arkansas are attending the nine day Living History trip.
Only those with the best attendance, GPA and attitude win a coveted spot on the annual trip.
The trip is completely paid thanks to five area charitable trusts, organized by Baxter Springs businessman John Archer.
For many it offers a wonderful educational experience as well as a way to experience life outside of their hometown for the first time.
"They can study Civil War battles here, but they can't really get that concept of government and law and that's important," says Archer, the organizer of Colonial Williamsburg Experience.
Archer has taken area kids to Williamsburg since 1991.
He was inspired by a similar trip he took to the historic site when he was a child.
CORRECTION: It was originally reported that the students were high school students. In fact, the students participating are eighth graders.