Trip of a lifetime
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
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
Day three: May 17
Gettysburg Battlefield tour and National Cemetery
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
Day four: May 18
Tour of U.S. Capitol
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
Day five: May 19
Arlington National Cemetery
Meeting with Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville
Smithsonian Museums: Air and Space, American History, Natural History
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
Day six: May 20
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