Bright and early at 6:30 am on Wednesday April 5, 2017 39 sleepy but excited eighth graders departed from York Preparatory School aboard a coach bus headed due south. Five hours later the students and their chaperones arrived in our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC just in time for lunch. After their quick bite, the group made their way to Capitol Hill for a tour of the US Capitol building. Thankfully, everyone was instructed to wear comfortable walking shoes, because following the tour they all paid a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum which boasts the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts.
Day two in D.C. included trips to Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon City, Mount Vernon, and the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR, WWII, and MLK memorials. When asked about the trip, chaperone and Associate Headmaster Mr. Art Viscusi explained it as a wonderful opportunity “to visit the place that is most emblematic of what the students have been studying this year in history.” All of the students will end the year with an “Inspiration Project” that will be based on their visit to our Nation’s Capitol.
On Friday, April 7 the group made one final stop to historic Pennsylvania Avenue before returning home to New York City. They spent the morning visiting the Newseum which promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition and even stopped in front of the White House for a photo op. This trip truly lived up to it’s potential as “an opportunity for the students to come together as they head towards their high school years.”