Eighth-Graders Get D.C. Send-Off

Eighth-Graders Get D.C. Send-Off from Congressman Davidson
Posted on 05/15/2018
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photo collage of Hopewell Junior DC trip send offAt some point during their eighth grade year, Lakota students have a chance to board a bus bound for Washington D.C. to bring American history lessons to life.

Liberty Junior students are on their trip right now, and last week Hopewell Junior students had a special guest send them off for their visit to the nation’s capital. Congressmen Warren Davidson addressed the Hopewell eighth-graders, sharing why many of the stops they will make in D.C. are so important. In particular, the Congressman talked about "The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" and how it helps honor all who have served to make our country free and keep it free.

Congressman Davidson also gave a little insight into why he ran for office and about the role of Congress in the government.

Hopewell sent 190 students on the trip this year. Hopewell Assistant Principal LeAnna Webber, who went on the trip with the students, said, “Students always have the time of their lives on the trip and come back with so many positive, lasting memories.” All chaperones for the trip were teachers who wanted to spend the weekend sharing the experience with their students.

The trips to D.C. are packed from morning to night. Hopewell Junior students arrived in D.C. late Friday night, and Saturday morning they were off on a special tour of the White House. It’s very unusual for a group that size to tour the home of the President, but a family connection with the Pence family made it possible.

From there, the group went to the Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. Sunday was filled with visits to Mt. Vernon, the Holocaust Museum, the African American Museum, and the Tidal Basin walk to view the memorials and monuments. On the way home on Monday, the students stopped in Gettysburg.

“The trip is a perfect complement to the American Studies course taken by our eighth-graders,” said Webber. “In the weeks leading up to the trip, many projects and class discussions take place that help prepare students for their time in Washington.”