Over spring break, 13 students from Coon Rapids Middle School traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City for five days.
While in Washington, students toured the Capitol, national monuments and spent time at the Holocaust Museum.
They also toured Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
New York City highlights included spending time in Times Square and Central Park as well as attending the Broadway show, “Spider Man.”
“It was a great trip for all students,” said seventh-grade social studies teacher Ryan MacSwain, tournament organizer who is now planning a spring break 2014 trip.
According to MacSwain, the trip is run through social studies in that information is shared with seventh-graders in social studies to start planning for when they are eighth-graders.
Throughout the year, seventh-graders learn about much of what they get to see in Washington, D.C. and New York, MacSwain said in an email.
“We learn about the accomplishments of our founders in class, but in D.C. we are actually able to see their work,” he said.
“In class we talk about the immigrant experience beginning in New York around the turn of the century, but in New York we get to see where the American experience began for so many.”
MacSwain remembers remember visiting D.C. and New York when he was in eighth-grade.
“For me it was the highlight of my middle school experience and I wanted students in our community to have that same opportunity,” MacSwain said.
“As I shared with parents after our trip, I had a conversation with every student at least once per day during our trip where they shared a ‘wow’ experience with me. It was first time to D.C. and New York for all of the students.”
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