The Bryan County Middle School sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade SEEK classes recently participated in an unprecedented out-of-state field trip to Washington, D.C.
The students left campus April 16 and traveled to Potomac Mills, Va., via charter bus. Before checking in to their hotel, they toured downtown Washington and took a quick Metro ride beneath the Potomac River.
On day two of their trip, the students visited Arlington National Cemetery, including the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington House and the tombs of John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert Kennedy. Smaller groups visited several of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Archives – where they saw some of our nation’s most important documents, including the Declaration of Independence – and the Holocaust Museum.
From there, they visited the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. The entire group ended the day with a ghost tour through historic Alexandria, Va.
Day three began early with a walk up 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to catch a glimpse of the White House. Then it was on to the Vietnam Memorial. The Capitol was the next stop on their itinerary, and then it was on to the National Cathedral. After a drive up Embassy Row and around Dupont Circle, it was time to unwind and enjoy a dinner and dance cruise on the Potomac River.
As the day came to an end, the students toured Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and viewed the Ford Theatre, the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The World War II Memorial beneath the stars ended their very full and educational sight-seeing tour of Washington, D.C.
After the exhilarating tour, students left Virginia on April 19 and headed back to Pembroke. It was four days filled with new sights, fun activities and exciting educational opportunities.
The students give a special thanks to all the parent chaperons and SEEK teachers, Melissa Adams, Blaine Ennis, Cathleen Spacher, Ken Deal and Katherine Ferreira, as well as other BCMS teachers, Julie Howard, Tiffany Hursey, Lexy Romberg and Marie Patterson. These people made the trip possible by donating their time to accompany the students on the trip. It was definitely a worthwhile and memorable experience.