By Emmi, FOA Middle School Student
On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Five Oaks Academy Middle School students departed from the Amtrak Station in downtown Greenville on a journey to the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C.
They arrived at Union Station in the early morning on Monday and started their trip by visiting the National Aquarium. Here they saw sea creatures from every ocean on Earth. After this first stop, the students made their way to the National Zoo to see animals from various parts of the world, including the panda from China and the cheetah from Africa. That night the students experienced a monument night tour, where they saw the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, and more.
The next morning, the students began their day at the National Spy Museum, where they learned about the most legendary spies of all time and even took on a secret identity for the day. Following that, the middle school continued to the Smithsonian. They began at the National Air and Space Museum where they saw fighter jets from world wars, rode simulators, and some students even chose to see the Einstein Planetarium. That evening, the middle school students dined at Bistro Bistro, where they enjoyed a selected menu that included a delicious chocolate cake or crème brule for dessert.
On their last day, the students visited the National Holocaust Museum, where they learned of devastating stories and shocking human experiences. Later on, they continued the Smithsonian by visiting the Museum of Natural History, Museum of American History, and the American Art Museum, where they saw the featured exhibit; The Art of Video Games. That night the middle school returned to Greenville by train and they will always remember their exciting experience at the nation’s capitol.