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Muirlands students get history lessons firsthand

By LISA D’ANGELO

Contributor

A group of 136 eighth-grade students at Muirlands Middle School had the opportunity of a lifetime recently when they traveled with the history teachers for a nine-day visit to Boston, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Students qualified for the trip by earning good grades and citizenship in all classes. Accompanied by 11 teachers and Principal Chris Hargrave and local tour guides, they flew to Boston, where they got to set their sights high by visiting Harvard University. They also visited Paul Revere’s house and the famous sight of the Boston Massacre.

In New York, the students walked all day and saw Central Park and got to go to The Top of The Rock. They also dressed up to attend a performance of “The Addams Family” in Times Square and walked home in the pouring rain. Michelle Obama and her girls attended the same performance along with their bodyguards.

In Pennsylvania, the students were treated to a guided tour of the Amish Farmlands and enjoyed an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch dinner.

In Washington, D.C., they walked to Capitol Hill and saw the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as the eternal flame at the John F. Kennedy grave site.

Student Vaill D’Angelo said, “America is really a country to be proud of, and studying it can expand the pride, as well as the appreciation for what we have.”

She said her favorite place was Washington, D.C. “I found the memorials amazing, and they were of some of the greatest people and times in history, as well as the worst.”