Washington DC Field Trip: A Student Perspective

Written by Deborah Marcus. Posted in Education, Field Trip, Middle School, student post, Whole Child Education

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I just returned from a great trip to Washington DC with grades 7 and 8. This trip was educational, historical, and overall a really great way to close the year. We visited many places, learned about our country and had fun with friends and teachers. FullSizeRender3

One my favorite parts of the tour was visiting Lincoln Memorial because of the beautiful artifacts and the amazing view of Washington DC. We also went to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s Memorial and actually stood on the very steps where he told his “I Have a Dream” speech. This made me think about how things have changed over time and how important it is to make a difference in the world. I enjoyed seeing the United States Navel Academy and learn about the history of navel officers and their bravery. The campus had amazing buildings and monuments to honor these officers.


Mixed in with lots of learning experiences were fun activities and time to hang out with friends that will soon be graduating. I loved the Ghost Tour led by a tour guide who told us legends about the geographical places in Washington DC and historical figures. On our last day we visited the Smithsonian Zoo. We ate dinner one night at the Hard Rock Café where they had great music and everybody in the restaurant was enthusiastic and interactive which made it fun. What a way to end the school year!


About the Author

Sierra Gastelu lives in East Rutherford, NJ She has attended Unity Charter School for two years starting in sixth grade. In her spare time she likes music, plays piano, is involved in performing arts and snowboards.

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