On March 28, 2014, 33 eighth graders, 12 parents and 3 teachers traveled to Washington D.C., Gettysburg, Jamestown, Williamsburg and New York for the annual trip which brings to life their study of American History. It is an exciting time spent seeing the U.S. Constitution up close, walking the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, and standing in wonder at the bright lights of Times Square. One highlight was watching students Hunter Alegre, Jessica Benda, Anthony Cooper, and Drea DeFord place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In order to earn this privilege, students submitted essays explaining what this experience would mean to them. Quotes from the winning essays are included among the photographs from this East Coast trip.
Jessica Benda: “[Our] soldiers…remember what we fought for the in very beginning: our freedom.”
Anthony Cooper: “It’s truly amazing to know that there are people fighting for me and you to be able to live our lives freely…[This was one of] the greatest honors I could ever have.”
Drea DeFord: “I have such great respect and admiration for their dedication and bravery.”
Hunter Alegre: “I can’t think of a better way to just pour out my gratitude and thankfulness for them… This shows us how lucky we are as Americans to have such brave individuals prepared and ready and willing to give their life for this country.”