Dec. 2, 2016
28, 36 eighth-grade scholars from Center
for Inquiry School 84, a couple of
teachers (Staci Fahlsing and Okle Johnson) and a handful of chaperons, boarded
a charter bus headed for Washington, D.C.
It’s a trip the students won’t soon
While in the nation’s capital, many
students were surprised to discover that among the numerous national treasures
on their daily itineraries were many vibrant historical communities that
thousands of people in and around D.C. call home.
“I loved going to the White House,” said
Margaret T. enjoyed “discovering the
many different monuments hidden in D.C.”
During the four-day educational field
trip, guided by Worldstrides,
students visited the White House, the Capitol and Supreme Court buildings, the
Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and Mount Vernon. Visits to a couple
of museums and other iconic sites were also on the agenda.
When asked what experience was most
impactful, Amelia R. said, “the Holocaust museum (the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum) really
made me value what I have.”
“Seeing the changing of the guard made me
feel more grateful for the men and women that fight for this country,” said
Ethan L., about visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National
For others, however, the most important
experience was the class visit to the newly opened Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History & Culture. The museum tells the African-American story from
slavery to present day.
“I enjoyed the music section of the
African American museum,” said Ella G.
“The African American museum helped me
learn more about our country’s past,” said Paris H.
“This trip opened my eyes to history’s cruelties,”
said CeCe G.
While on the bus heading back home to
Indiana, several students reflected on the overall experience.
“This trip helped me understand more
about our country’s beginnings and our wars,” said Sarah C.
Jonas A. said, “I learned a lot about equality
for different races.”
When students receive the life-changing
experience of travel, they develop stronger friendships, receive a broader
worldview and develop a more mature life perspective.
“Overall, everything I took part in on
this trip was meaningful in some way,” said Annie F. “This trip showed me how
great our country is and helped me to grow as a person.”