May 5, 2011
The afternoon event was a visit to the Holocaust museum. It was amazing to see hundreds if people fill the four floors virtually in silence, reading and learning about the horrific events from that time period. This was a true gift for our kids to be at this place.
We departed for our final memorial stop by the Pentagon, which was the Air Force memorial. The three stainless steel spires stand over 270 ft. in the air and the position of them honors the victims killed in the Pentagon attacks on 9/11. The memorial location is the direct path where the plane flew that day 10 years ago.
After a brief dinner stop at a nearby mall we said a sad goodbye to our tour guide, Daniel. He was extremely complimentary about All the Kingsway tour groups and ours was no exception. All the parents can be very proud of their child on this trip. Everyone was timely and cordial and pleasant to be with the entire time.
We loaded the bus around 8:00. As of this writing it’s 9:30 and the bus is as quiet as its ever been.
May 5, 2011
A bright sun greeted us this morning as we checked out of our hotel at 7:30. We drove a short distance and ate breakfast at the Marine memorial. From there we went straight to the Washington memorial and experienced likely the top highlight of the trip for most. We arrived just in time to see Marine 1 land and depart with the President, while we were up in the memorial. Pictures are forthcoming.
After a walk to the north side of the White House we split up. the girls went to the zoo and the guys went to the Georgetown area and campus. Old Glory was supposed to be one of the best BBQ places in town and it did not disappoint. Although some students learned a lesson in budgeting and blew their per diem for the day.
May 5, 2011
We woke up Wednesday to cold weather and rain. Mr. Scoville brought breakfast to us, we ate in the hotel and we were off to the Jefferson memorial and the capital. Our tour guide was one of the best. Mary has given tours for over 20 years and did a great job keeping everyone informed and interested in the history of our amazing capital.
In the afternoon we visited Martha’s pantry, which is one of the biggest and well known outreaches in DC. Before we left we collected and gave them over $750, of which $270 was collected by the kids and adults.
We finished the evening with a 1st for the 8th grade DC trip. The dinner cruise on the Potomac was actually the dinner FUN and dance cruise. It turned out to be clean fun for the kids and could be a new fundraiser for the school. All the photos and videos taken at this event could generate income at auction!
May 4, 2011
From these balcony seats, Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed in Ford’s Theater. Our group was treated to a theatrical re-enactment that gave a whole new perspective into the audience who lived and watched this tragedy happen in 1865.
Did you know that Lincoln was shot on Good Friday? We all were very entertained by the facts and details that surrounded this event. We also toured the newly renovated basement museum. The kiddos were excited to see the gun that shot Lincoln, the bloody pillow that Lincoln’s head rested on when he died or even the suit jacket that Lincoln wore the night of the assassination.
Amazingly Kyle S. was able to bring his plastic shovel into the theater and bypass its two security checks…for some reason the Ford’s Theater security team did not want to confiscate this plastic shovel. Yes, I know you are all wondering why did he bring a plastic shovel to DC? But of course to dig for buried treasure like all good pirates do!
May 3, 2011
Our morning began getting connected with our tour guide, Daniel. Daniel is an experienced DC native and has experience working in the executive branch of the government going all the way back to Kennedy. We’re hearing lots of insider stories as the students of history in the group soak up everything he says.
Our visit to Arlington cemetery was an amazing experience. Too numerous memorials to mention here. The highlight though was the tomb of the unknown soldier. Everyone’s camera was rolling as we were there for the changing of the guard. An average of 20-30 funerals happen everyday in Arlington.
May 3, 2011
We pulled in to McD’s 25 miles outside DC around 6:00 AM. Tanner’s grandma made homemade cinnamon roles which were enjoyed by most. Serious yum!
Everyone waited their turn in the crowded bathrooms and got changed and ready for the day. First stop, 1600 PA Ave. Mr. Scoville said our chopper ride from the White House is at 8:00.
May 2, 2011
Tonight’s the night! KCS 8th graders and chaperones make the all-night trek to D.C.
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April 25, 2011
From Nurse Roberts:
Our trip to D.C. is quickly approaching and as part of your busy preparations I wanted to remind you of a few things concerning medications. All medication – either prescription or over the counter, must be given to me before departure. I will have available Tylenol, Tums, and Caladryl. I will be administering all medications, both prescription and over the counter, based on your written instructions.
All medication must be in their original packaging with label attached. If you will be providing any over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Zyrtec, Claritin, Aleve, Cough medicine etc., I will administer them to your son/daughter as prescribed. If you are going as a chaperone you may administer your own student’s medication as needed.
I am looking forward to this adventure with your student and am committed to meeting all their medical needs during our fast-paced journey.
March 18, 2011
Are you packing yet? Keep praying!
The countdown to DC is 6 weeks away! Be sure to keep checking the blog for updates on the trip.