Dear 8th Grade Families!
We are so excited for this year's East Coast Trip! We wanted to give you some more information about the sites your students will see on the trip! For those who did not attend the meeting, the video that was shown there is attached to this email as well as links to register for the trip.
Washington DC Memorials - As we visit many of the memorials dedicated to the various Wars and military branches, students will gain an understanding of the sacrifices that many have made to maintain freedom in this country. We will also visit Arlington National Cemetery and participate in a wreath laying ceremony (appointment pending).
Washington DC Monuments - Students will visit the Monuments dedicated to some of this nation's greatest leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King Jr. The tour guides make the stories of these Americans come alive as they teach about them.
Washington DC Museums - Students can see many interesting items at the Smithsonian Institutions like the Hope Diamond, the original Old Glory Flag and so much more. We will also see the National Archives where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are kept.
Mount Vernon - We will see first hand where George Washington lived and his home in Virginia. The Visitor Center here is my favorite with numerous interactive exhibits that allow trip participants to truly learn about George Washington's life and how he lived.
Gettysburg - Students will have a guided tour of the actual Battlefield and learn about the bloodiest battle in American history. Students will also see the Cyclorama display at the Visitors Center and see a video about why Gettysburg was so important in the Civil War.
New York - Students will see the incredible skyline of New York. We will visit the site of the 9/11 attacks as well where George Washington was inaugurated as this nation's first President. We will go to the to of 30 Rockefeller Center for awesome views of all of New York's boroughs.
Boston - The last major city we will visit is the birthplace of this nation. We will visit Plimouth (not a misspelling) Plantation and see how the first settlers and the Wampanoag Indians lived. We will visit Lexington and Concord, walk the Freedom Trail and visit a museum where students can throw a replica chest of tea into Boston Harbor!
The above descriptions are just some of the wonderful activities we have planned for the trip. PACE Travel works tirelessly to bring the best experience possible for all participants. Along with the wonderful meals, high quality lodgings, and comfortable motor coaches, everyone on this trip will come back with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime!
You can register at the link below!
8th Grade US History Teacher
8th Grade East Coast Trip Coordinator
Junior High Principal