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HBT Takes On Washington D.C.!

Our eighth-graders just returned from another successful trip to Washington, D.C.! Wide awake and ready to go, students boarded buses in the early morning hours on Wednesday, October 23rd, and began the trek to our nation’s Capital.

First up on the agenda was a stop at the Capitol building for a special meeting with Representative Thomas Suozzi. Students also had the opportunity to meet Representative John Lewis, who is famous for his work during the Civil Rights Movement. What an incredible surprise!

As the afternoon continued, students visited many of the must-see sights in D.C, such as the United States Holocaust Museum, the Air & Space Museum, and the Jefferson, FDR, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials. After a delicious dinner at California Pizza Kitchen (with seemingly endless food!), it was time for lights out and some rest.

On Thursday morning, students left the hotel bright and early for Arlington National Cemetery. Students were fortunate to see the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Furthermore, we watched proudly as Nathalia Guzman and Matthew Rokito represented HBT in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor unidentified fallen soldiers. All were silent on this crisp, beautiful, and meaningful morning. 

During the rest of the day, students explored various sites around the Capital, including the Museum of African American History, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean War, and World War II memorials, just to name a few!

Before they knew it, it was Friday morning and, sadly, the last day of the trip! All students started their day at the International Spy Museum, where they took on the role of a spy with an assigned mission. While exploring different exhibits to learn more about the lives of historical and modern spies, students engaged with interactive displays to complete parts of their mission. Once their missions were finished, the last item on the agenda was to see the last few sights of the city before the ride home! 

We’re sure that all the 8th grade students and staff would agree that this trip to D.C. was an exciting experience filled with tons of learning about our nation’s history! Students made memories with their classmates that will live on for years to come.