2008-07-17 / Letters to the Editor

Students learned much from D.C. trip

Forty-seven of Jamestown's eighth grade students and 15 chaperones traveled to Washington, D.C. on June 14. The trip was a huge success! Each day was jam packed with activities, many of which we agreed we would probably not have done if we had traveled alone.

These included tours of Arlington National Cemetery, George Washington's Mt. Vernon home, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, at 550 feet high with a fabulous view, the National Zoo, the Korean, Vietnam, WWII, FDR, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier including the Changing of the Guard ceremony, the Holocaust Museum, and more.

We would like to thank every person in this town who helped to make this trip happen. From the diners who were served dinner by the students last November to everyone who purchased something from the catalog, Christmas pie, raffle and yard sale fundraisers; from the parent chaperones to the school committee who agreed the trip would be school-sponsored; and to all the committed parents who entrusted their children to us, we appreciate your support.

We especially want to thank the Jamestown organizations and individuals who directly contributed to our trip: Jamestown Educational Foundation, the Lion's Club, the Rotary Club, Ali's Run, the Jamestown PTO, Judy Barry, Theresa LeBlanc, Cathryn Jamieson, Jay Sisson, Kevin Lloyd, Marissa Sisson, Lew Kitts, Jay Primiano, Jan Broadhead, Dee Hellewell, Judith Rosen and Diane Grippi.

We traveled in two busses with, for the most part, very well behaved students. Not once did any student fail to return to the bus at the appointed time. All showed respect to our tour guides and appreciation to our drivers. Jamestown can be very proud of its just-graduated middle school students. Suzanne Fay Liz Perez

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