The Danbury Middle School eighth grade class took a four-day educational trip last week to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.
The group left Danbury in their charter bus on Tuesday (Election Day) at 6:20 a.m. and spent their first day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Upon arrival to the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center the students viewed a film, "A New Birth of Freedom", and the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, which depicts the final fury of Gettysburg- "Pickett's Charge". The students then took a battlefield tour and went on a guided “ghost walk” through town that evening. They had dinner at the historic Dobbin House, which was part of the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War.
On the second day of the trip, the students arrived in Washington D.C. where they had tours scheduled at the United States Capitol, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial and lunch at the Reagan Building followed by a walk to the White House. The day ended with stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and dinner at The Old Country Buffett before checking in at their hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The third day started off with a group picture and tour of the FBI Headquarters, followed by lunch and touring of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. After lunch, the 8th graders then visited the Newseum, the National Archives, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. The group also did some souvenir shopping and then went on to the Pentagon City Mall for dinner.