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Eighth Grade Goes to Washington, D.C.

Eighth Grade Goes to Washington, D.C.

“The eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. is a rite of passage for students everywhere,” said Head of School Dr. Don Davis. “I am glad our eighth graders could make the trip this year. Abraham Lincoln famously said, ‘Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.’ This trip is so important as it helps our students begin to understand the inner workings of our great nation.” 

"Teaching students about the biblical foundation in the United States is a dream come true,” shared eighth grade U.S. history teacher Blaine Spencer. “Traveling to Washington D.C. to experience the different accounts of American history firsthand with students, such as standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial or walking through the National Museum of American History gave the reassurance of the providence taking place at Second Baptist School and in America.”

Highlights from this year’s trip include visits to the World War II, Korean, Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. At Arlington National Cemetery, eighth graders Carson Ford, Noelle Franshaw, Thomas Haun and Emma Hodge laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

This annual SBS tradition provides eighth grade students an opportunity to learn outside the classroom, seeing firsthand our great democracy. Their experiences in Washington, D.C. also allow them to gain a sense of reverence and appreciation for the sacrifices that have made our country and democracy possible.

Eighth grade students at SBS watch the sunset over the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
Second Baptist School middle school students gather in their USA sweatshirts on their annual Washington, D.C. trip.
Eighth grade students at Second Baptist School pose on their annual Washington, D.C. trip.
High school students at Second Baptist School pose during interim term as they travel abroad.