For the second year, sixth grade students from Mountain View Intermediate travelled to Washington, D.C. to learn about the nation's capital. A group of 110 students, and 60 adults left Macon County at 9 p.m. on March 13 and stayed in Washington until 5 a.m. on March 17.
After selling 1,400 donuts, washing 100 cars, and participating in multiple other fundraisers, the sixth graders raised enough money to pay their own way to Washington, D.C..
The trip gave students the opportunity to visit multiple monuments, museums, and memorials. According to trip organizer Nancy Breedlove, academically, the trip to Washington allowed students to see the application of what they learned during their fifth grade curriculum through seeing the different branches of governments and seeing the capital, as well as gave them background information for their 7th grade year where they will learn about the Holocaust, but visiting the Holocaust Museum. “The trip is more than an educational experience,” said Breedlove. “In addition to the academic value, the trip allowed students to experience life skills such as staying in the city and riding the D.C. metro.”
“It was an amazing trip,” said MVI assistant Principal Colette Lovell. “The students were so enthusiastic and flexible. Most of all, the students were extremely respectful. We toured the Capital and were amazed at all the statues and art work that depicted our nation’s history. The tour guide shared old stories that made the rooms filled with tourists come to life with historical figures. From there, Franklinites visited many memorials and told many stories that conveyed deeper meanings to the work of our forefathers.”
According to Lovell, she asked several students what their favorite thing was that they did in D.C. and several of them thought and asked, “Do I have to pick just one?”
“They enjoyed it all,” she said. “Others said, ‘The Lincoln Memorial. I didn’t know it would be so big.’ Of the adults, Arlington made quite a humbling impression as did the Vietnam Wall. As we watched protestors the day before executing their first amendment right and then to see all the lives it has taken and will take to secure our freedoms left an eternal mark on our hearts. We are so blessed to live in a country that tries so hard to allow all persons to be free.”
Breedlove said one of the highlights of the trip was seeing President Barack Obama's motorcade one day.
“When the motorcade passed by, all traffic stopped and it really got the students’ attention. We were able to tell the students that the President was in one of the cars,” said Breedlove. “The next day, the Marine One helicopter flew over us and our tour guide told us that when Marine One was accompanied by two other helicopters, it meant the president was in it.”
“We want to thank the academic foundation, because their educational grant allowed all the students to get tickets to the Mount Vernon Estates, which are the grounds that George Washington lived on,” said Breedlove. “We appreciate the community support and look forward to planning the next trip for upcoming sixth graders.”