Class of 2018 - DC Trip

Class of 2018 DC Trip
Posted on 06/11/2018
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David Partyka Seventy-nine eighth graders and seventeen parents and teachers arrived at BMS at 4:30 am Tuesday (June 5th) to begin the annual eighth grade trip to Washington. The whirlwind trip began, in Washington, with a trip to the Smithsonian as various groups toured the museum(s) of their choice followed by dinner at the Reagan Building and an evening walking tour of the WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial. The price of freedom and civil rights was impossible to ignore with the memorials and a trip to Arlington Cemetery the following day. Wednesday morning saw us joining the gridlocked commute into DC. We entered the new visitor’s center under the Capitol, were led by a tour guide through several rooms in the Capitol including the Rotunda and then met with our representative Joe Courtney outside the Capitol. We made a short trip to the Jefferson Memorial and an afternoon visit to Arlington which included the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a walk up to the Kennedy gravesites. Coincidentally it was the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and there had been an extensive ceremony earlier in the day. As we looked at  a simple, white wooden cross marking his grave, there were fifty white roses as the only reminder of the anniversary of that tragic event.

On Wednesday evening we attended Toby’s Dinner Theatre for a performance of “Newsies”. The students dressed up for the event and had a wonderful time viewing an excellent production. One student said she would like to stay for the coming production of “Mama Mia” and, when told that “Mama Mia” wouldn’t start until Sunday, replied that that she would happily remain at the theatre awaiting the show. On Thursday morning we left for Philadelphia, home of the Philly Cheesesteak as well as a few, notable non-edible sites including the Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. At 8:45 on Thursday evening the busses pulled into the parking lot of the middle school and disgorged an exhausted, happy group of eighth graders and their chaperones. As always the eighth graders were great representatives of the town, the school and their families throughout their travels.

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