Washington, D.C. Trip

Griffin Jones

Filling three chartered buses, the 50 fifth grade students and their chaperons, led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the 38th Washington, D.C., area trip on October 19. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, Library of Congress, National Cathedral, White House and Washington Monument. They also visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima, Jefferson, Vietnam War and World War II Memorials, as well as Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and National Archives. The group visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, American History, and Natural History Museums, and the Holocaust Museum. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Air Force, Korean War, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 24. As an assignment in conjunction with their U.S. History unit of their social studies class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the students will give a power point presentation about their trip to their parents.