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Amber Terrace 5th graders tour Washington, D.C.

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DESOTO - Amber Terrace Elementary fifth-grade students recently returned from the trip of their life touring Washington, D.C. for three days including visits to parts of the Smithsonian Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, and many Washington D.C. Monuments.

The trip, packaged by EduTrips, included 16 students, two campus staff and eight parent chaperones for three days and two nights.

This was a wonderful educational opportunity for Amber Terrace students to expand their U.S. History knowledge. Students had three engaging days filled with tours that consisted of visits to numerous important historical sites, dining in Chinatown and well renowned Old Post Office and receiving a myriad of information from the office of Texas Senator John Cornyn.

Washington Monuments visited were the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials as well as the Washington Monument, the Vietnam, Korean and World War II Memorials, the Capitol Building and the White House.

The group also visited the former home of George Washington at Mount Vernon.

Fifth-grade teacher Michele Andrews began planning in December in partnership with EduTrips for a custom package to fit desired tourist sites and accommodations. Students and parents conducted several fundraisers to offset costs and one even received an academic scholarship which covered his entire trip.

Each of the three days began by 7:30 a.m. and lasted beyond 8 p.m.

The tour then returned to the hotel to journal and rest before the next big day.

Students wrote in journals about their experiences, acquired knowledge and which event was most enjoyable for them.

They also kept ticket stubs, brochures and photos from their exciting adventures.


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