Day 2 BLOG: Senior Trip to Washington D.C.
The Senior Trip is a long-standing and capstone experience at Great Hearts Academies. Students explore together their heritage contained in great art and architecture, scientific and technological marvels, religious, political and cultural achievements in and around the Federal City, Washington, D.C. and in Virginia. Students have a chance to visit the sites and explore the ideas that contributed to the American Founding. It is an exercise in cultivated leisure, a kind for which they have been uniquely prepared. Students engage in mutual reflections on profound things, ideas and reality come together, and as a consequence they learn more deeply Aristotle’s teaching on friendship as shared experiences.
Day 2 Blog
submitted by Maggie Wright
Glendale Preparatory Senior
Another bright and early day this morning as we headed out for our tour of the White House. We walked to the White House and after going through tons of security we got to see a peak into the lives of the presidents, which was awesome. We enjoyed the rest of the morning exploring around the area and met up again after lunch. Then we took the metro to the Arlington Cemetery. While it was warmer than expected, we all got to appreciate all the people that gave their lives for our country. When looking around, it was row upon row of graves which gave us a glimpse into just how many people fought for our freedom. As we walked, we saw the John F. Kennedy grave site and made our way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Every hour there is the changing of the guard, so we also got to see this ceremony.
By now we were all hungry so we were super happy to make our way to Filomena, an Italian restaurant, for dinner. We all ate sooo much fantastic food and enjoyed relaxing for a while. After this we got to explore the Georgetown area which is full of cool shops and fun streets to walk. We also made our way to the walk along the Potomac and enjoyed the cotton candy skies.