Washington DC

In the middle of October, 87 of our 8th graders embarked on a journey to visit our nation’s capital.  We were fortunate enough to have great weather throughout the trip.  Among the places visited were:

  • Flight 93 9/11 Memorial in Shanksville, PA

  • Pennsylvania Avenue to see the White House

  • The US Capitol Building

  • The United States Archives

  • The US Holocaust Museum

  • Arlington National Cemetery

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • Numerous Museums, National Monuments & Memorials

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

While this may seem like a typical trip to Washington DC, it was the first time in a number of years that all of the above listed areas were open to visitors and tours.  

A few of the highlights included taking in the beauty of the rotunda at the US Capitol Building, creating a name rubbing from the Vietnam Memorial, exploring the beautiful grounds of Mount Vernon, simulating Civil War battle strategy and “firing a cannon” in Gettysburg. Four of our students, Gabe VanHook, Niyah Koch, Zach Schulze and Miya Thobe, represented Anna Middle School by participating in a laying of the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Some of the experiences are memories our students will never forget, but the best part of the trip is the way that our group from Anna represented our community in such a positive way.  Thank you to all of our families, staff and community members for supporting the unforgettable opportunity for our students!