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June 27, 2014

Scott students kick off the summer

THOMASVILLE — What a way for Scott Elementary School's Student Leadership Team to kick off their summer break. The Student Leadership Team at Scott Elementary School consists of third, fourth and fifth grade students. These students must maintain good grades, must possess a positive attitude and character and the students must have good behavior throughout the school year.

This was indeed a wonderful opportunity and privilege for these students to visit Virginia and Washington, DC. There were numerous family members and friends at the departure on June 3, as we boarded the Kingsmen Coach furnished through Son Tours located in Duluth.

During the first day of the tour we visited the National Archives, the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. The students learned a lot of history about the United States such as when and how the capitol was built. The capitol is topped by the statue of Freedom which stands 19 1/2 feet tall and stands for freedom for every individual.  While at the Capitol the students ate lunch and proceeded to the Library of Congress.

Thomas Jefferson founded the Library of Congress because he wanted a place for people to be able to read as often as they wanted to read. All books must be read inside the Library of Congress because books are not allowed to be checked out of the Library of Congress.

Later that evening we toured the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon City Memorial. King’s name carved into the stone at his memorial which depicted his idea of equality for everyone despite their color, race, or creed.

At the FDR Memorial the students learned that FDR was the first president to serve four terms which equaled 12 years total as president of the United States of America.  

At the Jefferson Memoria, students learned that Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States of America.  They also learned that the Declaration of Independence is located inside of the Jefferson Memorial.  

When we arrived at the Pentagon Memorial we stopped and viewed the names of 184 victims that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, flying on American Airlines Flight 77. The youngest person was three-years-old and the oldest person was 71. The victims names who died inside the Pentagon during the attack are placed on a bench facing the Pentagon, and the victims who died on the plane during the attack, their names on the bench are facing the sky along the path the plane traveled. We all were amazed to learn that there are 25,000 civilians and military workers working daily in the Pentagon.

On the second day of the tour we visited the White House, Air Force Memorial, the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, Indian History Museum, The Smithsonian Museum and the American History Museum.  During this time each group was allowed to visit the museums of their choice. The students learned a lot of interesting facts and history about astronauts, Indians, animals, and stones.  

While visiting the White House, the students got a chance to view the garden of First Lady Michelle Obama. They also saw the southside of the White House, which is the same view of what we see on national television.

Later in the day, we visited the World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Korean Memorial. The students got a chance to see statues of individuals who fought and served our country during these wars. The students also visited the Vietnam Wall with names of soldiers engraved on it that had served in this war.  After viewing these memorials the students were so amazed at the information that they asked many questions of our tour guide about the memorials.

During the last day of the tour, the Student Leadership Team visited Ford's Theatre, the Peterson House, the Ronald Reagan building, Arlington Cemetery, Iowa Jima Corps Memorial and the U.S. Air Force Memorial. Ford's Theatre was the location where John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln while he was watching a play.

After being shot, President Lincoln was taken across the street to the Peterson House where he died nine hours later.

Once we arrived at Arlington Cemetery we visited President John F. Kennedy's and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy graves, the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The students also visited the grave of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.  On our way out of the cemetery the students saw the grave of Daniel "Chappie" James Jr., who was the first African-American to receive four-star full general rank on any armed forces and he was also an original Tuskegee Airmen.

This trip was a good chance for the students to realize that they too can become anything they choose to become; they learned they should never let their dreams die.

We are so grateful that our students got this opportunity to go visit our Nation's Capitol and historical places in Washington D.C. We plan to take our Student Leadership Team on another trip next year and let them explore more about our amazing world.

A special thank you to our principal, Dr. Tret Witherspoon for supporting us and traveling with us on this amazing trip.

  We also thank the Student Leadership Team committee members, Gail French, Angela Tillman,  LaRhonda Frazier-Adams and Pam Lewis for their support.

We want to also thank all of the parents and grandparents that went along with us to make this trip successful.


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