The BICS 6th through 8th grade students are off for their semi-annual Washington, D.C. trip. They leave the island Sunday, April 23rd and return Friday, April 28th. The students have United States history this year and will have recently finished studying the post-Civil War Reconstruction era before they head out to this center of symbols and sites which reminds us of our hopeful and complex union. The students will tour the monuments of the National Mall as well as Arlington National Cemetery, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian museums of Natural History and of the American Indian, the Newseum and the Holocaust Museum. They will also make a trip out of town to Mount Vernon, and are hopeful to hear back from Representative Jack Bergman’s office about a trip to either the White House or the U.S. Capitol building. The students will soon begin academic preparations for their trip, reading up on each of the places they will visit. Their busy, stimulating days in D.C. always end with lively debriefing sessions. This civic-oriented trip also always engenders lively and lasting bonding between the students — fellow young citizens, eyes wide with wonder and exhaustion, piecing together more and more who they are and who we are. Be sure to ask them for stories and insights when you see them after their trip!
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