ANCHORAGE -

Popcorn and hot chocolate sales helped fund a nearly $25,000 field trip for the fifth grade class of Inlet View Elementary. 

Monday 38 students and 18 chaperones left for Juneau for a two-day field trip to see the capitol and learn more about legislators in action. "Project Juneau" was an idea from the school's principal Bonnie Goen.

"It always bothered me being an educator in Alaska that students didn't have the opportunity to see our state capitol," Goen said.

Goen says she still remembers visiting the capitol of California as a child. She wanted students to have that same opportunity, but a trip to the capitol is not part of the Anchorage School District budget.

"This year I mentioned it one of our PTA members and one of the teachers and the rest is history,”  Goen said.

Students sold popcorn and hot chocolate to raise money and parents and teachers helped organize a silent auction. The silent auction event brought in about $18,000 according to Goen.

The two-day field trip will include meeting with various legislators and visiting the governor’s mansion. Governor Sean Parnell offered a personal invite to the mansion after hearing about "project Juneau."

Goen says Parnell was a student at Inlet View Elementary when he was a child.