Throughout Middle School, Ben Lippen students look forward to the annual 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. The Washington, DC, trip takes learning outside the classroom and fosters class bonding. This year was no exception.
The trip began with an early 6 a.m. departure and a 7-hour bus ride directly into the city. In only four days, students experienced the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, The Spy Museum, The Bible Museum, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Mount Vernon.
One of the highlights of the trip was the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Ben Lippen students performed this prestigious ceremony with guidance from the Tomb’s guard. Another favorite was the Old Testament walkthrough in the Museum of the Bible. Some of the best memories were made when students settled in at night for dinner, devotions, and free time at SkyCroft camp. The 8th graders especially enjoyed roasting marshmallows and singing around the campfire.
The trip was a powerful learning experience and provided memories that will last a lifetime.