Eighth grade students recently spent two days and one night visiting
Washington, D.C. where they were able to connect what they’ve learned in
their seventh and eighth grade social studies classes to various places
in our nation’s history.
Arranged by eighth grade social studies teacher Greg Schmit and
chaperoned by nineteen other staff members, the full itinerary included a
stop at Arlington National Cemetery where students visited John F.
Kennedy’s grave site with the eternal flame and observed the changing of
the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. Various landmarks were
visited which spanned different parts of American History including the
Lincoln Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and Iwo Jima Memorial, among others.
Students also visited the Capitol Building and the National Museum of
African American History and Culture, as well as the National Archives
where they were able to see firsthand the Declaration of Independence
and the U.S. Constitution.
“It was a great trip and I'm grateful that the district allows us the
opportunity to go,” Mr. Schmit said. “Students made a lot of lifelong
memories and learned about our nation’s history in a way that can’t be