WORLD STRIDES 2010
23 HHS Students Visit D.C.
2010 World Strides Trip a Success!
Twenty-Three Hemingford High School students made their way to our nation’s capital during March, traveling to experience the beauty and the history of the Washington area.
Sponsored by Linda and Dennis Folkerts, and joined by a small group of students from Kimball, this year’s group spent their early morning hours on March 13th , loading up on the Bobcat Activity
Bus at 2:30 AM in the morning, and journeying to Rapid City, where they flew from there to Minneapolis, then to Detroit, and on into Baltimore, arriving there in the afternoon.
After supper in the Inner Harbor, and some shopping, the group traveled to Gettysburg, where they would be staying. The next morning, it was off to the Gettysburg battlefield and Gettysburg National Cemetery. The afternoon was spent at the FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, and then into Arlington, where they spent the night.
Monday found the group at our Nations most well-known Cemetery for military Veterans and their families, Arlington National Cemetery. There are over 270,000 graves there, with some 5,400 new burials each year. The students visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and participated in the wreath-laying ceremony. HHS students Baily Wood, Brooke Foster, Jose Campos, and Zane Jaramillo took part in this moving ceremony.
The students also visited the National Cathedral and then had dinner at Benihana’s in Georgetown, where they also spent some free time.
Tuesday it was off to the Capital Visitor Center and a tour. Lunch was on the road, as they traveled to Ford’s Theatre and Museum, Capital Hill, the Smithsonian, and the Air and Space museum. The evening was spent at the 9-11 Pentagon Memorial, The U.S. Air Force Memorial, and the Kennedy Center.
On Wednesday, after breakfast, it was off to Mt. Vernon, where the groups had a tour and a cruise! A highlight of the afternoon was a visit to Madame Tussands Wax Museum, followed by time at the Lincoln Memorial and our Nation’s Korean War Memorial, where the 54,000 lives that were lost are remembered. Finally the students stood next to the nearly 60,000 names on the black stone Viet Nam Memorial wall.
Thursday found the group at the White House for a visit and pictures, followed by visits at the Washington Monument, and our World War II Memorial. After some time for a quick stroll, students toured the Natural History Museum, the Museum of American History, and the National Art Museum.
Whew! The group then jumped in a bus for their travel back to the Baltimore airport for the flight home, where they touched down in Rapid at 11:00 PM. Many tired legs, but many great memories.
The students would like to thank their parents for all of the fund-raising support, Mrs. Wade for her great planning, and to Mrs. And Mr. Folkerts for sponsoring this very worthwhile trip to our nation’s capital.
Apr 27, 2010
|I would like to know what the deal is with the red bear in almost every picture....|
Apr 27, 2010
|The red bear traveled to Washington with the older students as a way to show a Kindergarten Class it had come from some of the sights and scenes of Washington (ala "Flat Stanley") One of the trip's sponsors is also one of the District's Kindergarten teachers.|