On Expedition: Washington, D.C.

8th Grade at Lincoln Memorial
Exploring our nation’s capital serves as a capstone for the 8th grade social studies + leadership curriculum. Washington, D.C. offers an unparalleled opportunity to view monuments and memorials that chronicle our nation’s past, helping students foster an appreciation and understanding of our national heritage.

Students are enveloped by city culture, broadening their world-view and opening new horizons. For many of our students, the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore life beyond Vermont. The trip helps students develop independence, confidence, and a sense of citizenship.

The trip presents an invaluable field-based learning experience that enriches students’ exploration of core themes, people, and events that helped shape our nation. Academically, the DC Trip introduces students to the structures and systems that serve as the foundation of our government. It also helps bring our study of the Constitution and the powers of American democracy to life.

After working to raise thousands of dollars, students also play an important role in organizing the DC experience. They help craft an itinerary, oversee risk management and first aid, organize food and refreshments, and ensure that all pre-trip arrangements are completed. This responsibility grows important basic life skills and fosters a sense of ownership and pride.
Ultimately, it take a lot of work to make the DC experience happen! Eighth grade families will meet in early September to discuss the Washington, DC adventure and develop a fundraising action-plan.
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