Grade 7 & 8 Washington Trip: Arlington Cemetery and Teacher Reflection

It was our last day today and it was our third time to try get to Arlington cemetery. The bus we needed did not run on the weekend due to a festival downtown. A walk across the bridge to the cemetery and then up the hill to the changing of the guards. It was a very formal ceremony in 30 degree heat. We were glad to be in shorts rather than a wool uniform. We walked over to see the Kennedy family plots and then walked over to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The students were impressed by who she was.
We headed back to Union Station for lunch and back to our hotel to thank the staff, and the manager who is a CJA grad.
As the teachers who supervised the trips, we thoroughly enjoyed sharing the experience with the grade 7 and 8 students. They couldn’t get over how many things they experienced – from the museums to the baseball game to the evening play. We learned about people who have gone through life with challenges and discrimination. The opportunity to experience the Holocaust museum in person is one that no one will forget.