8th Graders Visit Monuments, Meet with Political Leaders in D.C.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Heathwood's 8th graders got to see their civics lessons come to life when they traveled to Washington, S.C. March 5-8.

Visits to the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial, and more showcased our nation's political experience, while trips to the Library of Congress, the National Museum of African American History, and the Kennedy Center allowed students to explore American culture in a rich, immersive way.

The students also met with two of South Carolina's most noted politicians: Senator Tim Scott and Representative James Clyburn, both of whom took considerable time to talk with them and answer questions.

After watching a debate between a liberal and a conservative on the first night of the trip, the students engaged in a policy-oriented debate among themselves when they staged a mock congress workshop to argue a bill about state reciprocity for concealed weapons.

Other highlights of the trip included an extensive visit to the Newseum, stops at the Jefferson, FDR, World War II, Vietnam, and Martin Luther King Memorials, and a culminating trip to Arlington National Cemetery.