Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton (J-E-T) Middle School seventh graders took a trip to Washington on Wednesday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1. The trip began in earnest Thursday morning when the students stopped in front of the White House for a group photo and then toured the Library of Congress and walked through the Senate building. From there, students got to choose which of the Smithsonian museums they wanted to visit. When the weather cooperated, the group was able to visit many of the well-known monuments and memorials, including the FDR Memorial; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; the Washington Monument; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; the Lincoln Memorial; and the World War II, Vietnam War, and Korean War Memorials. Students also enjoyed a trip to the Pentagon City Mall and were given the opportunity to tour the Holocaust Museum. The trip also included a visit to Arlington National Cemetery during which J-E-T Principal Debbie Courtney and student Sara Frances Wates participated in the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

One of the students, Laila Lanham, remarked, “This trip has helped one grasp the experience of the history in which we live. One of the biggest highlights for me was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.” J-E-T teacher Whitney Scott exclaimed, “Getting to see the things that have shaped American history to help us become the nation we are was exciting and inspiring.”

Photo caption: J-E-T students and chaperones in front of the White House

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