Each spring, eighth-grade students at Suffern Middle School are invited to experience a three-day adventure to our nation’s capital. After spending the year learning about American presidents, federal lawmakers, and our political system, this visit serves as a real-world civics lesson, in addition to a year-end celebration.
This year (2018) marked my second year traveling with our students and, despite heavy rain, it was an enjoyable time! We walked for miles exploring monuments, museums, and memorials. We visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Holocaust Museum, and the National Air and Space Museum. We also visited the Lincoln, Jefferson and FDR memorials, walked outside the White House and managed to snap a group photo.
I am extremely impressed with our Suffern Middle School students and staff. I had the opportunity to engage in many delightful conversations with our students. These young men and women were interesting, respectful and full of pride for our schools. I know they recognized the significance of this trip and I hope it is one they will remember and talk about for many years to come.