Gettysburg and Washington D.C. The Danbury Middle School 8th grade class took a four-day educational trip to Gettysburg, PA, and Washington D.C.
The group left Danbury in their charter bus on Tuesday at 6:20 a.m. and spent their first day in Gettysburg. Upon arrival at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center the students viewed a film, “A New Birth of Freedom”, and the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, which depicts the final fury of Gettysburg- “Pickett’s Charge”. The students then took a battlefield tour and went on a guided “ghost walk” through town that evening. They had dinner at the historic Dobbin House, which was part of the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War.
On the second day of the trip, the students arrived in Washington D.C. where they had tours scheduled at the FBI Headquarters, the United States Capitol, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Smithsonian American History Museum. The group also did some souvenir shopping and then went on to the Pentagon City Mall dinner before checking in at their hotel in Oxon Hill, MD. The third day started off with a group picture in front of the White House, followed by visits to the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial. The students then had a tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing before spending time at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The 8th graders then visited the Newseum and the National Archives. The day ended with stops at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial.
The final day of the trip began with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they saw the grave of President John F. Kennedy and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This was followed by a stop at the United States Marine Memorial (the flag raising at Iwo Jima). The students arrived back at Danbury Middle School on Friday night.
The 42 students who shared this great experience were Bree Wamsley, Kierstin Tuttamore, Ali Pacl, Casey Costello, Alison Sypherd, Liz Hendrix, Taylor Bishoff, Allisa Ritterbach, Sierra Puckett, Paige Wright, Olivia Coale, Mikahla Conrad, Bailey Kukay, Emily Henneman, Daisy Blair, Nicolette Stys, Alycia Cain, Ashley Edwards, Cassie Haughn, Ashley Kolhoff, Connor McClellan, Trey Michael, Chris King, Avery Nowak, Zyan Barrere, Kain Lucas, Kyle Mumford, Hunter White, Caleb Garnsey, Christian Ryf, Cory Bowser, Jacob Internicola, Sam Tyson, Jared Koenig, Bradley Cordero, Seth Vargo, Nick Bossetti, Grady Mark, Austin Holmes, William Miller, Ben Keller, and Nathan Ahrens.
“The students were very well-behaved and really enjoyed the experience of visiting our nation’s capital,” said teacher Joe Fetzer. “It is a great trip for the students to experience.” said teacher Holly Gast. The adult chaperones included Michelle Sypherd, Kelly Blair, Bobby Culp and Justin Tuttamore. The trip was coordinated through Maxine Burnstine of Timely Tours in Catawba.