Living History

Apr 17, 2023 8:00:00 AM | Living History

Our 8th Graders spent four amazing days in Washington, D.C., on their class trip! The students experienced the richness of our nation's capital.

Dear Village Family,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the incredible experiences our 8th Graders had during their recent class trip to Washington, D.C. It was truly a trip of a lifetime!

Over the course of four amazing days, our students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the richness and history of our nation's capital. They embarked on a journey that took them to some of the most iconic landmarks and institutions in the city.

Firstly, they explored the hallowed halls of Capital Hill, where they witnessed democracy in action and gained a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our government. The students were in awe as they stood in the very place where important decisions are made that shape our nation's future.

Next, they visited The Library of Congress, a true treasure trove of knowledge and history. Our students had the chance to browse through countless books and manuscripts, immersing themselves in the stories and ideas that have shaped our world. It was an experience that ignited their curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture provided our students with a profound and emotional journey through the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history. They gained a deep appreciation for the contributions and resilience of this community and left with a greater understanding of the importance of equality and justice for all.

At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, our students were transported through time as they explored the exhibits showcasing the diverse tapestry of our nation's past. From the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem, to the original Star-Spangled Banner, they witnessed firsthand the artifacts that tell the story of our great nation.

The National Air and Space Museum ignited the imagination of our students as they marveled at the wonders of flight and space exploration. From the Wright brothers' first plane to the Apollo 11 command module, they were inspired by the ingenuity and bravery of those who dared to dream and reach for the stars.

Lastly, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provided a somber reminder of the atrocities committed during one of the darkest periods in human history. Our students paid their respects to the victims and survivors and vowed to carry the lessons of the past into the future, ensuring that such horrors are never repeated.

Not only did our students immerse themselves in the history and culture of Washington, D.C., but they also learned valuable life skills. Navigating the Metro, National Mall, and Memorial Parks taught them independence, resilience, and adaptability. They experienced firsthand the hustle and bustle of a vibrant city, while also finding moments of tranquility and reflection amidst the beauty of the cherry blossoms.

I invite you to watch the short video we have prepared, which captures just a snapshot of the incredible experiences our 8th Graders had during their time in Washington, D.C. It is a testament to their curiosity, enthusiasm, and thirst for knowledge.

As always, I am filled with gratitude for the unwavering support of our Village Family. It is because of your encouragement and dedication that our students are able to embark on these transformative experiences. Together, we are shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

In His Grace,

Derek Cummings
Head of School


Derek Cummings

Written By: Derek Cummings

Derek is passionate about providing the highest levels of education to our Village enabling our students to do good in God's great world.