2006-06-15 / Letters to the Editor

8th graders enjoy nation's capital

We just returned from the Washington, D.C., trip with 50 students from the Lawn Avenue eighth-grade class.

We departed on Thursday, June 1, and returned Sunday evening, June 4, tired but full of new information and connections to their classmates and country. These 50 students represented the Lawn Avenue School and the town of Jamestown in a very positive manner. Our tour guides were very impressed with our students, not only for their behavior but for their knowledge of the sites we visited. The students had an opportunity to see many monuments, memorials, museums, and a tour of the Capitol building. We also enjoyed an evening boat cruise down the Potomac River with middle school students from around the country on their class trip.

This trip would have been difficult to pull off without the financial assistance from the following generous organizations: Ali Dunn Packer Memorial Fund, Jamestown Rotary, Jamestown PTO, Jamestown Educational Fund, Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, a grant through Rep. Bruce Long's office, and all of those who purchased pies, cookie dough, or items at the yard sale. There was also a donation from Jamestown resident Marion

Pierce, who saw an item in the Press about the trip and thought it was a great idea.

We would also like to thank Kathy Sipala and Isabel Jepson for their support and assistance with the trip. The trip was a success because of the many people who were willing to help, and in particular, we would like to thank the chaperones who joined us on the trip: Brenda Bennett, Debbie Byrnes, Sheryl Crowell, Anne Deffley, Carol Hopkins, Mim Munroe, Charlie Normand, Donna Perry, and Tony Rafanelli.

We look forward to seeing this trip continue and already have parents lined up to take on this task for next year's eighth-grade class! Maureen McDermott

and Liz Perez, trip co-ordinators

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