St. Paul’s Seventh Grade Gettysburg Trip — A Fun Way to Learn
Each year the seventh grade class has the opportunity to enjoy a class trip that combines fun with a unique educational experience. The itinerary has been selected to fill two days and one night with places of interest that will inspire fond memories. Following is a brief summary of the highlights of this year’s trip of April 20 and 21.
The trip begins with a bus ride to the shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first United States-born canonized saint. The class attends a Mass in the majestic Basilica where Mother Seton’s remains are enshrined and walks the grounds where the school, cemetery, and main house are located. St. Elizabeth Seton started the Sisters of Charity and the first free catholic school for girls staffed by religious women in the United States located in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Next stop is the All Star Sports Complex outside of Gettysburg. The recreational facility has many types of games available, including basketball and miniature golf as well as the always favorite Go Karts.
After dinner at General Pickett’s Buffet, the first day ends with a night ghost tour through parts of Gettysburg where hospitals were located and some fighting had occurred during the battle. A guide entertains the group with stories intended to combine the mystery of the Gettysburg battle with historical events.
The second day begins with a trip to the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center and Museum where the class enjoys a movie describing the Battle of Gettysburg. The group also views the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a 360-degree painting and display, which shows the third day of the battle. A light show behind the painting enhances the effect. This part of the trip concludes with a tour of the battlefield by a guide from the National Park Service.
The final stop of the trip is the Flight 93 Memorial at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is a time for reflection and provides a meaningful perspective for the entire class trip as we walk hallowed ground.
During this annual trip, students and a group of hard-working chaperones are able to visit the home of the first American to reach sainthood, walk the same areas where the most crucial battle of the Civil War was fought, and pay homage to brave American citizens in the fight against terrorism. The trip provides a truly rewarding and educational experience.