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Phillips students visit D.C.

March 29, 2010
By GLORIA TJADEN, Messenger correspondent

More than 70 Phillips Middle School students spent their break exploring Washington D.C., re-tracing some of our founding fathers footsteps.

The trip was organized by David Newman, who teaches eighth-grade social studies at Phillips.

According to Newman, this trip gave students the opportunity to explore the nation's capitol and, with the help of onsite interpretation, develop a sense of responsibility in democracy.

The trip included a tour of the capital with a picture stop at the White House;stops at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington Cemetery; the Holocaust Museum; the Jefferson, F.D.R., Iwo Jima, Lincoln, Korean and Washington monuments; the Vietnam Wall; The Kennedy Center; and Mount Vernon. They were able to visit and eat at the Reagan International Trade Center, The National Archives, explore The Smithsonian and shop at the Pentagon City Mall.

Eighth-grader Emma Bruen was one of four students selected to lay the wreath during the ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bruen said she was nervous at the event, being very mindful of doing the correct thing.

Chaperone Julia Hatcher said she thought the students were very mannerly and respectful.

Newman said that, in the near future, he will start organizing his next trip for students.

Trips have generally been scheduled every other year, so the next trip could take place in 2012.

"This is a huge educational and social opportunity for students," he said.

Contact Gloria Tjaden at (515) 573-2141 or



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