Day 3 BLOG: Senior Trip to Washington D.C.

Great Hearts Academies March 18, 2019

Capitol, 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 3 Blog
submitted by Maggie Wright
Glendale Preparatory Senior

This morning all of us got to pick between various religious services which included seeing beautiful churches in different parts of the city. This was a really neat experience for each of us and it was amazing getting to explore another part of the city.

After we met all together, we got on a bus and made the three hour trip to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia. We were given a tour by fabulous tour guides and learned so much while walking through his home. The guides explained lots of facts about the house and different features that Jefferson included when he built it. Along with facts about the house, they told us about the life of the third president. We learned more about his family, home life, and proudest achievements. Then we made our way to the campus of the University of Virginia, which was also designed by Thomas Jefferson (he considered this one of his proudest achievements).

To end our day trip we grabbed so food around the campus before heading back to the hotel.

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