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Trip Report: Washington, DC with the Eighth Grade
Posted 11/11/2019 04:53PM
Active learning in the nation's capital

Eighth Graders study US History, and each year they travel to Washington, DC for an up-close look at our democracy. It was a busy five days for this year's Eighth Grade, and their immersion in the culture and urban life of a great American city was a memorable week of learning. Here's their trip report:

We had a great week in Washington, D.C. We visited many museums and important sites, and learned a lot about the government. Highlights included Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Museum of African-American History & Culture, and the Holocaust Museum. We also met with two Senators (Coons and Bennet) and two journalists at Politico, who told us about the role of the Press in relation to the government. We especially loved the historical tour of the National Mall with Sam (our guide from DC Design Tours), seeing the movie Harriet, visiting the Newseum, and seeing the art we studied in person. 

The days were long and exhausting, but we wish we'd had more time. Each day was a new opportunity to grow friendships we didn't know we had. The small events we didn't plan for became some of our favorite memories, and even though the days were packed, we still made time for each other. For example, a little downtime turned into a game of capture the flag or a ride on the carousel, or our first ice cream truck! We loved seeing old friends at the basketball game and arguing over which cupcake place was better (the debate continues). Nothing was boring with our class — even walking (41 miles) or riding the subway together — we made everything into a fun and memorable adventure. 

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