243 students plus 3 days in D.C. equals 1 memorable school trip
It was one large class: 243 Loveland Middle School (LMS) eighth-grade students… and there wasn’t a desk in sight! The group departed from traditional classrooms Wednesday, May 13, to experience U.S. History hands on – traveling with chaperones to Washington D. C. for a three-day tour.
What did they learn?
"My favorite part of Washington D.C. was going to Arlington National Cemetery,” said LMS Student Ruben Chandrakumar. “It was very interesting to see graves of the people we learn about in history class. It was also a great chance to pay our debt to fallen soldiers."
"My favorite thing about visiting Washington D.C. was seeing our United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence,” added LMS Student Lillian DeMellia. “I felt like seeing such a huge element of not only American history, but also world history, was amazing."
The sites student saw were many, including: The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, The Korean War Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, The Vietnam War Memorial Wall, National World War II Memorial, The Holocaust Museum, The Smithsonian Museums, The National Archives, The Capitol Building, The Supreme Court, The Library of Congress, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and Ford's Theatre.
"My favorite thing about our trip was having an awesome tour guide who knew so much about all the places we visited," LMS Student Maria Reich shared.
“We hope students gained an appreciation for the foresight of our founding fathers, prominent figures in our nation's history, and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms,” said LMS Science Teacher and Chaperone Jennifer Ramage. “For every person involved – it was a memorable experience.”
Photo caption: The group of 243 Loveland Middle School students in Washington D.C. Thanks to LMS Student Ruben Chandrakumar for providing this photo!