Ohio University saves stranded students headed to Washington DC

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More than 100 eighth graders gathered at Sheridan Middle School in Perry County at 4:30 a.m. Friday morning for their annual trip to Washington D.C.

"This is our fourth year actually. Bart Smith our history teacher organizes everything, does a fine job at it," school secretary Melissa King said.

The students had waited all year long for the opportunity to visit the White House and visit national monuments and museums.

Around 4:45 a.m. the trip took an unexpected turn. The school received word that the bus company, U.S. Coachways, had double booked and would not be able to transport the students.

Smith announced the news to students in the school's gym.

"At first I thought he was kidding cause that sounds like something he would say," eighth-grader Cauy Sprankle said.

School administration began brainstorming alternative transportation.

"It's like, okay who can we think of," King said. "He's just throwing ideas out there. And, I started to think: my son wrestles for Ohio University."

The school called Ohio University and within a matter of hours the university offered to transport the students with their coach bus.

The students left late Friday afternoon and will return Sunday.

Northern Local School officials said they will get a refund from U.S. Coachways.