I had the privilege of going on the Italy trip this summer, and being freshly returned from the glories of Rome, Orvieto, and Florence I had this one over-riding conclusion. Students who are merely driven by grades and GPAs would never have participated like the twenty-eight students who were on the trip. Students were inquisitive and eager to engage the museums, churches, and guides who interpreted the fascinating things we encountered. Their understanding, learning, and sense of wonderment drove them throughout each day to new energy levels as we toured, climbed, walked, and pondered one marvel after another. Only a love of learning acc
Plenty of rest Thursday night. The weather was perfect Friday. We had TWO scheduled snacks between breakfast and lunch. And we got to see some of the most meaningful reminders of Love, Sacrifice, and Justice in modern history. But first, we skipped to the bus!
While celebrating two birthdays!
And helping relieve some sore muscles!
The National Mall is rich in beauty and memory and hope.
And a good place for a well-timed jump-shot.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial and the war memorials were solemn and striking re
God saw fit to add rain to our DC agenda, so we embraced the adventure set before us and had a lot of fun, not in spite of the rain, but with the rain. Each depression in the sidewalk was a moat to skirt and the busses nearing the edge of the road could cause a chill geyser to spout forth unexpectedly.
In between rainy strolls and attempts to catch raindrops on the tongue, we visited the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum. Casually visiting both museums in a day could lead one to think of the works of nature as God’s work a
Day three of our adventure in Boston was another fascinating day. It was a day spent gaining new perspectives. We began our day visiting the Boston Public Library. Normally, when one thinks of a library, one may think of a building that holds and lends books and other materials. The Boston Public Library is not a normal library. It was the first library in the United States to lend books for free. Secondly, one would not think of a library to be filled with art. The Boston Library is filled with magnificent murals painted by John Singer Sargent. Beautiful sculpture and magnificent marble adorn the halls, walls, and stairways of this library.
After a hearty continental breakfast, we hit the road again Wednesday for day two of the Geneva School’s 6th Grade D.C. visit.
The Library of Congress and the Capitol Building were first on the agenda. The architectural beauty of this city and our country’s most historic buildings continue to amaze everyone on the trip.
Our students, though, (and the apparent passion for education behind their teachers and parents) are as remarkable as the things seen and facts heard on this trip. Their effortless interaction with the docents made this parent proud. Their knowledg
After a brief stop to admire Fenway Park and the Big Green Monster, we spent much of our time today at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Once at the museum, we broke into small groups and were guided through Art of the Ancient World. The small groups, led by knowledgeable guides, made for an intimate setting. Questions where asked, and connections where made. Connections like, “How does ancient art depict life at that time?” “How does the art represent what was important to society at that time?” Our guides led us through these discussions. Students were called on to answer questions like, “What is symbolic about the bust of Caesar Augustus?” “Ho
The day started early as we met in the Orlando Airport center lobby at 6:15 am. Forty-one Geneva school 8th graders and their chaperones all ready to take on Boston — to see the sights, sounds, and history. For some, this would be their first airplane flight. For some, it would be their first time riding public transportation in a major city. Excitement was high. Smiles evident on faces. We were ready. A prayer started our journey, and we where on our way!
As soon as we landed in Boston, the adventure began. Mr. Moon briefed us on the transportation options we would be taking during our visit. First a bus to the T (Boston’s name for
If this is true, that the joy is in the journey, then we’ve had a week’s worth of joy already. There was lots of journeying today – by car, then air, then metro but MOSTLY by foot. And the Geneva School 6th graders seemed to love every minute of it!
Neither Orlando International nor Reagan National Airports saw a group today as excited and curious (and maybe a tad excitable) as ours.
With an early start and all that movement (one chaperone’s fitbit showed 10.5 miles walked!) lunch on a beautiful downtown DC lawn was very welcomed.[/threeCol
The eighth graders have landed safely in Boston and are taxiing to the terminal now. Please keep this group of students, chaperones, faculty, and administration in your prayers as they spend the rest of the week touring historic Boston!
Sixth grade students are on their way to Washington D.C. this morning! Please keep the group of students, chaperones, faculty, and administration in your prayers.