Last week our eighth grade students enjoyed an exciting and memorable three day experience in Washington D.C. This signature experience helps give life and meaning to many of the Goals and Criteria of the Sacred Heart for our students. It was an opportunity for our girls to connect with the history of our country and with each other.
The first stop of the trip was Arlington National Cemetery, where four of our students, Kaitlyn Kigin, Margaret Lesinski, Anita Liu, and Maeve Redmond took part in the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Following the ceremony at Arlington, the students toured the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. As they viewed the somber exhibits, they reflected on the horrific events of this period in history. They will draw on their experience at this museum as they begin to read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl in English class.
The day was topped off by a night tour of the monuments. The eighth graders visited the illuminated memorials dedicated to President Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the Marine Corps. The girls also took a twilight walk in front of the White House.
On day two, the students visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Capitol Building before splitting into two groups to visit either the the National Museum of Natural History or the National Museum of American History. The day wrapped up with a concert by our very own Mr. Berman followed by an evening of dinner and dancing on the Potomac with Spirit Cruises.
On the final day, our eighth grade visited the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum where they learned about the history of aviation and even got up close to the Space Shuttle Discovery. This museum is out of this world!The Washington D.C. trip is truly a wonderful signature experience for our eighth grade students. Click here for photos.