Trip of a lifetime |

Trip of a lifetime

On the east steps of the Capitol building, Congressman John Doolittle, R-Roseville, shared some of his political views with the students and chaperones.

Students from St. Theresa Catholic School’s eighth-grade class visited Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in May for a six-day whirlwind tour. They wrote journals afterward, and some of their findings are below.


Day one: May 15

Dinner-Pats King of Steaks

Walking Tour of Historic Philadelphia with George Washington

Elfreth’s Alley

Ben Franklin’s Grave

Dinner at Pats King of Steaks was cool. I liked that it was the original makers of the Philly cheesesteak. That is history! Think of all the people that have enjoyed their Philly cheesesteak. Without Pats King of Steaks no one would enjoy their delicious invention.

– Hannah Lagerback


Day two: May 16

Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center

Arch Street Friends Meeting House -Quakers

Amish Farmlands-Lancaster County

Riehl’s Family Farm

Stoltfus Family Restaurant

On day two, my favorite adventure was when we went to the Amish farmlands. I learned a lot of things about them that I never knew before. One thing I learned was if an Amish man has a beard then he is married. Also, women never cut their hair and Amish people only take two showers a year. I thought that was scary but it is their religion and I respect that.

– Caileen Cullen

Washington, D.C.

Day three: May 17

Gettysburg Battlefield tour and National Cemetery

Shriver House

National Archives Museum

Night tour: Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial

I learned so much from that (Gettysburg Battlefield) tour. Our tour guide knew so much. I actually got an idea of the actual battle. I learned how much damage each weapon can give. I thought it was a great way to start off the day.

– Adam Laub

Washington, D.C.

Day four: May 18

Tour of U.S. Capitol

Senate Floor

Supreme Court

John Paul II Cultural Center, Catholic University, Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Night tour: Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

When we got to the (Capitol) we got to take pictures with (Senators) Harry Reid and John Ensign. After we took pictures we got to take a tour of the Capitol. The Capitol was cool and it was a fun tour but in one room if you stand in a certain spot you can hear other people talking on the other side.

– Matthew Blank

Washington, D.C.

Day five: May 19

Arlington National Cemetery

Meeting with Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville

White House

Smithsonian Museums: Air and Space, American History, Natural History

Holocaust Museum

Ford’s Theater presents “Shenandoah”

On this day (the sights) were all good. But the best part was probably the Ford’s Theater. I like it because it was a great play and it’s where Abraham Lincoln died.

– Thomas Eidam

Washington, D.C.

Day six: May 20

Mount Vernon

Wreath laying at George Washington’s tomb

The National World War II Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Depart from Dulles International Airport

The World War II Memorial was really cool and that was what I did my report on in history. I already knew a lot about it but it was even better to go there in real life. (The) Vietnam Memorial was very big also. This was a fun trip and a great experience.

– Cameron Chase

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