The Danbury Middle School 8th grade class took a four-day educational trip last week to Gettysburg, PA, and Washington.
The group left Danbury in their charter bus on Tuesday (Election Day) at 6:20 a.m. and spent their first day in Gettysburg. Upon arrival at 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, where they had tours scheduled at the United States Capitol, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the World War II Memorial and lunch at the Reagan Building. The day ended with stops at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial and dinner at The Old Country Buffett before checking in at their hotel in Oxon Hill, MD. 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 and the National Archives. The group also did some souvenir shopping and then went on to the Pentagon City Mall dinner.
The final day of the trip began with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery where they saw the grave of President John F. Kennedy and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This was followed by a stop at the United States Marine Memorial (the flag raising at Iwo Jima). The students arrived back at Danbury Middle School on Friday night.
The 45 students who shared this great experience were Mariah Below, Haley Bickley, Sydney Bieberich, Lily Bishoff, Sarah Bossetti, Paige Botson, Maddie Brazzel, Micheal Brown, Noah Calton, Kaylah Carico, Carol Christiansen, Savannah Click, Brandyn Crownover, Miriam Delp, Riley Dray, Ben Driggers, Alex Duez, Chase Dunn, Devon Grosswiler, Peyton Hallier, Dalton Harris, Haley Hoffman, Ashley Holmes, Sydney James, Logan Kenley, Emma Keubler, Rhett Krecic, Justin MacGillivray, Luco Manuella Mackenzie McClellan, Ryan Novtney, Collin Strassner, Keval Patel, Acacia Peterson, Mariah Plumer, Bradley Pruitt, Sarah Redett, Jesus Salinas, Robin Skinner, Bridget Sowers, Justin Tibbels, Katie Todd, Justus Tuttamore, Erin Uhinck, and Cade Wilhite.
“The students were very well-behaved and really enjoyed the experience of visiting our nation’s capital,” said teacher Holly Gast. “It is a great trip for the students to experience.” said teacher Joe Fetzer. The adult chaperones included Missy Skinner, Dawnn Hallier, Tom Dray, and Tom Strassner. The trip was coordinated through Maxine Burnstine of Timely Tours in Catawba.