Eighth Grade Class Trip, Washington, D.C.
Since 1976, the eighth grade class has ventured to Washington, D.C.
While enjoying the city as a whole, highlights of the itinerary
include visits to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian's
Air and Space, American History, Natural History, and National
Gallery of Art museums, the Newseum, and the World War II, Vietnam and Korean
Students gain an appreciation for the U.S.
government and are able to see firsthand what they have been taught
in the civics and ethics classes. For example,
a visit to the Holocaust Museum reinforces the ethical questions
about prejudice, racism, and stereotyping that students discussed
in class. The museum further enhances their understanding of the
Holocaust and related issues, including contemporary examples of
Because numerous teachers accompany the students, an
additional benefit is that the students have a chance to interact
with their teachers outside of the classroom.