Middle School teacher, Cindy Swanson and her students at Mason County Christian School, have been fundraising for the past two years, with car washes, bake sales, garage sales, and more. On Friday, March 28 the students will be the servers at a Spaghetti Supper and Silent Movie night. The public is invited to come to First Baptist Church at 428 W. Cota in Shelton from 6 to 8 pm. It costs $6.50 per person, and $25 for a family of four or more. For more information call MCCS at 360-426-7616.
Mrs. Swanson, wants to help students see that American history is THEIR history. After eight months of teaching about American history: the people, events, and places, she is taking her students on a memorable educational field trip. Fifteen 7th and 8th graders and eight adults are leaving soon for Washington DC, and the surrounding area.
Basic understanding comes alive when they get to leave the classroom and walk in the steps of George Washington at Mt. Vernon or recite the Declaration of Independence at the Jefferson Memorial or see the Constitution with their own eyes. The guided tour includes the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, Holocaust Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery. They will see the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, Korean, and Veterans Memorials. They will also visit Gettysburg, Ellis Island, Liberty Island, Ground Zero Memorial, Federal Hall, and Times Square.
Former student, Lauree Foster, says “the experience was quite memorable, from the years of fundraising prior to the trip, to the excitement of traveling, and most importantly, visiting all the sites rich with history.”
Another former student, Rachel Manning, says she was grateful for the opportunity to take part of “this amazingly fun and incredible journey back through the history of our nation.”
Some students repeat the trip. Sarah Wood says she feels privileged to have had the opportunity to go on two occasions, once as an eighth grader, and again four years later as a chaperone for her brother’s class.
One of this year’s chaperones, Sarah Lofthus, went as a seventh grader. She says, “I’m excited to go back to Washington DC, but as an adult ten years later, and get to share that experience with my little sister.”
Jeff Sandquist went with his daughter, Alivia, in 2010. He looks forward to repeating the trip, this time with his wife and their son, Gus. This time will be different because they will spend more time in the U.S. Capitol and New York City, and not so much on the colonial days. He knows it will be the most organized vacation ever because they will be with a tour guide the whole time.
This is Mrs. Swanson’s sixth trip. She says she sees something new every time and each group experiences it differently.
Marc 24, 2014/Submitted by Mary Lofthus, MCCS parent