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8th Graders Visit Washington, D.C.

8th GradersMarch 25-28, 2024 a group of students from the Class of 2028 traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. for the annual 8th grade field trip. Mrs. Hambruch, Mrs. Weller, Mr. DerSarkissian, and Mr. O’Sullivan accompanied 43 students to visit national landmarks and experience history of our country.

On Monday, March 25th the group departed Barker Central School for the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor’s Center. The first leg of the trip included a tour of the battlefield, dinner at Dobbin House which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the Jennie Wade House. Mary Virginia “Jennie” Wade was the only civilian killed by gunfire during the Battle of Gettysburg.

On Tuesday, March 26th, the group, dressed in their Barker Central School District class shirts, boarded their bus and headed to Washington, D.C. where they first toured the White House. Next up were stops at the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and World War II Memorial. The full day of activity wrapped up with an interactive comedy show, Shear Madness, at the Kennedy Center.

Viewing monuments and memorials continued on Wednesday, March 27th. The group would embark on a walking exploration of several key destinations of the National Mall. A tour at the Holocaust Museum offered a unique experience for the Barker contingent as they were greeted by BCS 2002 graduate Christopher Wayner who donated tickets for everyone on the trip. Mr. Wayner presented to the students why the Holocaust was such an important part of history and why it should never be forgotten. As the students continued their journey, they were able to take in the beauty of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin. The day also included stops at the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial before attending an NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets. The Nets won an exciting game in overtime by a score of 122-119.
The final day of the trip on Thursday, March 28th began with a stop at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia where the group took a walking tour to view the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, President John F. Kennedy’s Memorial Grave, President William Howard Taft’s Memorial Grave, Arlington House to see the Robert E. Lee Memorial, and then the Military Women’s Memorial.

Some students were able to finance their trip completely through fundraising efforts that included a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle, the sale of cookies and pies from Carson’s Deli & Bakery, discount cards for The Grain House of Barker, and the sale of Christmas gift cards.

Washington, D.C.