What do you get when you combine eighteen students, eight chaperones, over 50,000 steps, and one wacky tour guide? A moment in time that will last forever. That is exactly what the St. Paul School Eighth Grade experienced over the past weekend.
The three day trip to Washington, D.C. was filled with great times, educational experiences, and group bonding that will stay with students for the rest of their lives.
Day One had us arriving at Arlington National Cemetery, where the students received a lesson in respect, honor, and dignity. The day continued with trips to the popular Smithsonian Institutes: Air and Space, Art Gallery, and Natural History. We finished off our first night with a beautiful walk through the WWII Memorial, FDR Memorial, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Day Two began with a beautiful bus ride to the majestic Mount Vernon, the home of our first president, George Washington. The students truly enjoyed the grounds and educational center. Our next stop was the Holocaust Memorial Museum – words do not do this experience justice. The impact is important so that history doesn’t repeat itself. The day ended once again with a night walk through the many memorials that DC has to offer. This night we visited the Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials.
Our final day in DC brought us to the Capitol building for a tour and even though it is currently under construction the history and beauty are breathtaking. We continued our tour to the most beautiful building in all of Washington, the Library of Congress. Then to the only rain all weekend, the walk down to take our annual picture – yes, we were all soaked! We finished our trip at the White House, where the students were able to run up to the fence, snap a picture, do some street vendor shopping, and we were off to return to beautiful Weirton, West Virginia.
All in all, the trip was a complete success. A memory in time, that will last forever.