As an extension of eighth-grade classroom study of American democracy and the U.S. Constitution, 45 of Rosarian Academy eighth-grade students and five chaperones took a three-day tour of the nation’s capital April 29 through May 1.
Students researched, created and presented digital documentaries on the D.C. monuments and memorials in preparation for the trip.
Class work came alive moments after the enthusiastic group landed in Washington, D.C., and started their tour, visiting Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the FDR Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.
During the second day, students explored the estate and gardens of George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, including the mansion, museum and education center. They learned the details of Lincoln’s assassination during their visit to Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House, viewed the nation’s “living” documents at the National Archives, and experienced the Legends of Alexandria Ghost Tour.
Students also visited Capitol Hill and met with Congressman Tom Rooney. They toured the U.S. Capitol and Visitor Center with special gallery passes, compliments of Rooney. A walk along Capitol Hill took them to the U.S. Supreme Court and inside the Library of Congress. Following a photo stop at the White House, students spent considerable time at the museums of the Smithsonian, including the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of National History and the National Museum of American History. Meal stops at Union Station, the Pentagon Mall and Nandos added to the cultural experience.
In addition to learning firsthand about American’s history and capital, these soon-to-be Rosarian Academy graduates bonded as a class for the last time and have memories that will last a lifetime.
ABOVE: Rosarian Academy students and their teachers in front of the White House.