While many Upper School students were traveling for Winterim last week, the 8th grade embarked on a trip of their own to Washington, D.C., where they spent March 7-10 exploring monuments, museums, the Capitol and White House, and more.
The trip ties in with the students’ yearlong study of civics. In addition to touring landmarks of American political and cultural life, the 8th graders participated in debates and a mock congress workshop and met S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Joe Wilson.
After arriving in Washington late Tuesday afternoon, the group visited Freedom Plaza, where they talked about what it means to be a citizen of Washington, D.C. They then walked to the front of the White House, where they discussed the right to protest and what is required to protest at the White House.
On subsequent days, they visited the Jefferson, Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Memorials, the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Newseum, and Arlington Cemetery, before returning to Columbia on Friday evening.