An Experience of a Lifetime: Heilicher Class Trip to Washington, D.C.
By Heilicher Eighth Grade Student Molly S.
Every year the Heilicher eighth grade class goes on a trip to Washington, D.C. To me, this trip is a highlight of the Heilicher experience.
During our tour, we got to visit many different museums focused on our nation’s history, including the Library of Congress, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums. We had the special opportunity to meet with Representative Erik Paulsen and ask him questions about his job. We also got to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience bowling in the White House!
Because we have small class sizes and everyone in my grade has been at the school since kindergarten, we are all very close which made the D.C. trip so much more meaningful and fun. We were so lucky, because opportunities like these are things that most people don’t even get to do, yet alone with their best friends.
At the end of the trip we all boarded a plane back home. This was a bittersweet moment as it was nice to finally see our families again, but sad because this was the last school outing, the last trip, the last time we as a 2018 graduating class would have an amazing opportunity to be together. I am so grateful my class was able to visit D.C. and am lucky I could learn so much.
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