Middle School Goes to Washington D.C.

March 19-23, 2018

A group of CCA Middle Schoolers and staff traveled to Washington DC seeing our nation’s capital up close and personal. So many of us want to travel to other countries and while that is a great plan we often forego planning a visit to DC.  Seeing the history of our country where it originated, seeing current places of interest, sitting where presidents sat, going where our patriots went, seeing the homesites/gravesites of actual historical figures, and walking where history was made is an opportunity that should not be forsaken or disregarded.  It is a beautiful place and there is nothing like sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and seeing sites you’ve heard about in the news, seen pictures of, or watched events that took place where you are is a dream experience.  No student has ever come away from such a trip without gaining a profound appreciation for the history of the United States of America.

Not only did the students visit the legendary Lincoln Memorial, they also visited the White House, the Capitol, the Museum of the Bible, Mount Vernon, Ford's Theater, the FDR Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Spy Museum, the Smithsonian, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Arlington Memorial.

Any complications on the trip?

"Oh just a few. Because of a snow storm, our flight at 10pm was canceled from Atlanta to D.C. until after the next morning at 9 am. requiring us to sleep in the Atlanta airport. We arrived in DC to a rain storm followed by a snow storm the next day. Because of the snow storm, much of everything was shut down, but we rearranged our itinerary and were able to visit the National African American Museum (totally a God- thing as tickets are not possible to get without months of reservations). We also visited the Spy Museum, the Jefferson, FDR, MLKing and Korean monuments/memorials, Ford's Theater, enjoyed some snow play, and a Starbucks break in the Trump Hotel - it became an absolutely wonderful day!"   --Mrs. Cindy Booth

What was the most fascinating thing you learned?

"I was never a history person but I learned so much.I respect the history of the country so much and the people who sacrificed their lives to fight for this country. I could not wait to meet a war veteran so I can tell them, thank you!." --Mrs. Hannah Cha