A Visit to the Capitol

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North Salem Middle School eighth-graders recently had the chance to explore Washington, D.C. and take a closer look at how the United States government operates.

“The students had a wonderful time in D.C. exploring the nation’s capital,” said teacher Mr. Eric Pechenko. “They visited the White House, the Capitol and viewed the Supreme Court — all three branches of government.”

Students also had the opportunity to visit the many memorials that pay tribute to those who served in U.S. wars, including World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. In addition, they had a chance to see the Washington Monument and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.

At Arlington National Ceremony, students presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“Upon their return, they reflected on the memorials and who or what was memorialized, and more importantly, why they were chosen,” said Mr. Pechenko. “After reflection, they proposed a new [memorial] to the D.C. landscape.”