Oakwood's 8th grade class traveled to the East coast and toured many important historical sites. The trip began in Boston, the cradle of liberty, where they saw the Paul Reverse House, the Old North Church and a replica of a Boston Tea Party Ship. They continued their learning with trips to see the Concord Minuteman statue, Plymouth Rock, Harvard University, "Old Ironsides" and walked the Freedom Trail.
The students then traveled to New York City where they had the opportunity to visit the United Nations. There they had a lesson in the Security Council Chamber and a peek into a live session on the non-proliferation of nuclear arms. They also were able to see a real "School in a Box," which provides education for forty students who would otherwise not have access. They then took some time to visit a few more of the Big Apples' well known sites, the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, and walked through Times Square, where they had time to immerse themselves in the culture of big city life before retiring for the evening. On their second day in NYC they toured Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and learned about how early immigrants came to America. Then they were off to the financial district where they saw Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and the 9-11 Memorial of the World Trade Center. They topped off the night with the broadway show Wicked!
Our Nations Capital, Washington DC, was the last of their destination cities. They spent their first day checking in on Congress inside the Capitol and then Supreme Court. In the afternoon, the students had the opportunity to visit several Smithsonian museums followed by walking through memorials dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. The next day they learned about the importance of free press by visiting Newseum. Other highlights included the National Archives, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, and Vietnam and Korea Memorials. The final visit of the night was to the Lincoln Memorial. After a day of learning and reflection, students were left with an overwhelming sense of awe and respect for the things that many men and women have sacrificed to build our country and improve the lives of all Americans. Thank you to the those at Oakwood that enabled the 8th-grade students to take this incredible, educational trip.