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Eighth Grade Takes on Washington, D.C.
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 10/10/2017

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Whitefield eighth-graders enjoyed a whirlwind tour of Washington D.C., taking in the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital on a four-day excursion from Oct. 6-10.

The class visited a number of sights in D.C., including the Capitol building, Ford's Theatre, and museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The students also visited a number of monuments and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument.

The Vietnam Memorial, the WWII Memorial, and other war memorials were also part of the tour. A particularly moving moment of the trip was the group’s visit to the Arlington National Cemetery, where they watched the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited the Kennedy gravesites and the Challenger Memorial.

At the close of the trip, the eighth-graders enjoyed a cruise on the Potomac River, complete with a delicious meal and dancing.

The Washington trip complements a study of U.S. history and civics in the classroom.