The U.S. Heritage Tour is designed for our Grace Christian Middle School 8th grade students to have an opportunity to travel to the East Coast to learn about our country’s history, culture, and government firsthand. Educators know that the effectiveness of students’ learning increases with the number of senses which they can incorporate into an experience. This trip allows 8th graders to use their senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
“If you think you know American History, you’re WRONG until you go on the DC trip! Amazing experiences with friends, learning about the incredible people and happenings that shaped this country are only part of it. The DC Trip was the best “bonding time” for my grade in all of the years we’ve been together…and some of us have been here since pre-kindergarten!” – Wyatt C., 2012
The tour is ten days in length and takes them from our country’s beginning at the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 to the workings of our government today. Stops are made to include Williamsburg in 1770, The Battle of Yorktown in 1781, and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Cultural life of the 1800s can be observed through a visit to the Amish in Lancaster County.
Trip of a lifetime for an 8th grader! How exciting!
~ Bev Harris (Facebook)
The tour takes place in the month of November and will include such sites as these:
Baltimore – Fort McHenry
Lancaster Amish Country
Philadelphia – Independence Hall
Arlington National Cemetery
Iwo Jima Memorial
- Washington DC
Air and Space Museum
Museum of American History
Museum of Natural History
House of Representatives
Holocaust Museum / Daniel’s Story
Ford’s Theater / Peterson House
National Gallery of Art
Washington National Cathedral
Korean War Memorial
World War II Memorial