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Eighth-Grade Goes to Washington, D.C.

Last week, our 8th Graders traveled to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. This trip is an annual tradition at Ben Lippen and is considered one of the highlights of the Middle School experience!

The students and their chaperones hit the road at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and traveled to Mt. Vernon, where they visited George Washington’s mansion and took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at his tomb. Wednesday included a full day of visiting monuments, touring the Smithsonian, taking pictures outside of the White House, seeing the National Archives, and paying a solemn tribute at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. On Thursday, the group visited the U.S. Capitol and two more Smithsonian museums, went inside the Washington Monument and capped off the day by touring a few more memorials that honor our nation’s heroes.

In all, the group walked over 27 miles on this adventure! Although they (and their chaperones) returned to campus Friday afternoon tired and weary from all that they had accomplished in such a short period of time, the students enjoyed this unique experience and made many memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

For more photos, be sure to check the DC Trip album in Vidigami!

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