After arriving a half a day late due to some flight issues, we got our first taste of DC at the National Mall. We were given the choice of a few museums to visit as our first experience in the city. After visiting the museums we ate dinner and headed back to the hotel to get some rest. We woke up at around 7:00 on Wednesday and all met at the hotel restaurant for an immaculate breakfast. We then all got in cars for a two hour drive to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Our first stop was a museum on the battle of Gettysburg where we watched a short film of battle. we picked up brooks’ old professor, Dr. Carmichael went to a battlefield in Gettysburg and Dr. Carmichael showed us how they fought and where they fought on the field.
After we headed to another battlefield where a statue of Robert E. Lee stood. Robert E. Lee was the leader of the confederate army and for that he is not very respected so we talked about the controversy of the statue we then looked upon the battlefield and saw where soldiers stood over 150 years ago.
Thursday morning was an eventful one with us walking to the capitol building and the Botanical Gardens, an amalgamation of living plants from all over the world. We went to the Native American History museum next, which had 4 whole floors of information on the Native Americans such as a Native American chief driving a motorcycle in the 1900s. We then moved over to the 7 FLOORED National Museum of African American History and Culture. They had a train in one of the lower floors that had significant differences between the white cabin and the black cabin, such as the black people not being allowed to eat in the food area of the train. After we got dinner at a burrito place called California Tortilla, we went to go and see the White House, where Owen got advice on how to become a secret service agent that works at the White House. – The 8th Graders
We winded our way over to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial where Jennie, Hidey and myself gave our E1T1s. We promenaded to Kale’s E1T1, the Lincoln Memorial, and finally strolled over to the MLK Memorial where Will did his E1T1. The hotel felt especially comfortable to me that night.
Friday was a refreshing day for us because the amount of walking that we did the day before was cut down a lot today. We began the day by walking to Bryce’s E1T1 of the trip, Ashes to Answers, a monument memorializing the role that firedogs played in firefighter’s jobs. Then we made our way over to the last sad museum that we would be going to this whole trip, the holocaust museum. One of the exhibits was a lot of shoes that were once worn by victims of the camps. Then we brightened up our moods with the Air and Space museum, where Owen did the last E1T1 of the trip. We then ate at a fancy Italian restaurant, did some group reflecting, and went to bed for the last time in D.C.
Last week the 6th and 7th graders did lots of activities while teachers, Brooks and Kelsie took the 8th graders to Washington DC. On Monday we went to the rock climbing gym and learned that keeping your arms straight when climbing overhang climbs makes it easier. On Tuesday we went ice skating at Kotler Ice Arena until noon and some of us learned how to ice skate (those of us who did not know already). On Thursday we went skiing at Mike Harris for the whole day with Katie Rose. We skied down BIG hill and also built a jump. Afterwards we went to get milkshakes from the Emporium. That day we learned that cross country skies are hard to go off trails on. On Friday, we finished a ski documentary about climate change and finished our maker projects. We learned a lot this week even if we did not have a ton of class time! – Blue and Max