Batesville Middle School eighth-graders continued the tradition of traveling to Washington, D.C., from May 19-23 for their annual class trip. The group consisted of 119 students and 14 adults making the journey on three coach buses, reported principal Dave Strouse.
The educational business trip started with students having the opportunity to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the historical battle during the Civil War. The visit to Gettysburg consisted of traveling through the museum in order to expand their knowledge of The Civil War, an introductory movie, panoramic painting from the late 1800s and a visit to the battlefields with a tour guide providing details of the three-day battle.
The trip continued into Washington, D.C., where the buses drove by the National Cathedral, Embassy Row and Pentagon on the way to the hotel. Students were then treated to Dave and Busters restaurant before heading back to the hotel for the conclusion of the first night.
The second day was filled with a trip to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Students were able to visit the former home, now a museum, of the first president. They also trekked around the grounds, interacting with actors from the time period.
Ian Yorn was amazed by the grounds of Mount Vernon and stated, “It was a spacious 8,000 acres and the most beautiful thing that I had ever seen.” After lunch, students traveled to Arlington National Cemetery and visited the eternal flame gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and paid respects to Chad Keith, a Batesville graduate who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Students also witnessed the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The evening was spent visiting the monuments of Washington, D.C., including the Korean, Vietnam, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and Iwo Jima. Each bus was fortunate enough to have a tour guide aboard in order to educate the students fully on the importance of each.