By Hanalei Mattingly
With a myriad of authentic historical sites, accessible museums, and magnificent architecture, Washington D.C. is a well-known spot for school and leisure trips alike. The seventh and eighth graders from Queen of Apostles School had the privilege of touring here with parents and teachers, seeing things only mentioned in textbooks and pictures face-to-face.
The city’s many attractions that were visited – including but definitely not limited to the U.S. Capitol Building, the Holocaust Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery – were fascinating. Aside from the inspiring and influential effect of seeing these historical places in person, they provided a hands-on experience which a textbook simply can’t provide. Not only did this trip appeal to the subject of history, but also categories such as religion and the arts.
Visiting the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and attending a performance at the Kennedy Center provided a well-rounded aspect to the value this memorable experience provided. Personally, as an eighth–grader seeing the nation’s capital for the first time, this trip taught me a larger lesson. It taught me that no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you came from, you can make a difference.