Washington DC Trip
By Shefa Islam & Rohit Pollock, Junior Writers
Trips are the perfect ways to get closer to students. The Newcomers students at Hillcrest High School went to Washington DC as an educational trip. Ms. Mussafi, the trip director, said, “As an educator, I believe that education takes place not only in the classroom, but also outside of the classroom.Taking trips with students is another way of teaching them. It allows them to have memorable experiences that last a lifetime.”
The trip took place on april 23 to 24, There were 41 students who went to that trip. They had 4 teachers who also went to the trip. They are Sally Mussafi, Mohammad Malik, Tamara Davar, Eileen Elias and the assistant principal Russell Wasden. They took the bus and stayed there at a hotel.
In Washington D.C. students had sightseeing, meals with friends, hanging out with teachers, and very cool principal, Mr Wasden who was also a great photographer. His photography skills are amazing and he’s also known for taking the best pictures. For some students, it was their first time away from home. Also for many, it was the first time traveling out of state, over bridges and through tunnels. They visited and took a tour of the Holocaust Museum and the US Capitol Building, they contacted their local congressman and met with one of this constituents, Jordan Morris about the job and responsibilities of our congressman and how students can volunteer to improve our community in Jamaica. They also visited the Jefferson Memorial,, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, The Washington Monument, The Air and Space Museum and THe Museum of Native Americans.
One of the student from the trip, Georgina Rosales said, “The Washington Tripp was really fascinating. We all had fun and visited many places. It was a really cool experience for us and made unforgettable memories.” She also said her favorite moment was when they visited the Lincoln Monument at night and it looked beautiful.
Many, if not all of the students come to the US for “The American Dream” and being able to travel to Washington D.C made it real for them. Ms Wasden said, “The Washington trip was a perfect way for us to accomplish. One of our biggest goals in newcomers which is to make dedicated patriotic global citizens. So the students who went got to see a lot of the histories and the government structure of this country.
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