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Lakeland Middle School students visit D.C.


A group of 20 eighth grade students and seven parent and teacher chaperones from Lakeland Middle School traveled to Washington, D.C. during spring break.

This was the school’s first trip to the nation’s capital in over 10 years.

Led by LMS social studies teachers Megan Hockley and Renee Charles, the group left LaGrange on March 31 and returned April 4 via chartered bus. On the way to their destination, they visited the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Penn.

The school’s tour of D.C. was a balance of learning and fun. The trip combined visits to museums and memorials with shopping, swimming and visiting the National Zoo.

“This trip was a living history lesson and provided the students with good practical experiences like dining in a formal restaurant and navigating the Metrorail,” Hockley said. “We hope to make the Washington trip an annual tradition for our eighth graders.”

Highlights of Lakeland’s Washington, D.C. trip included touring Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington; viewing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution at the National Archives; and exploring Arlington National Cemetery, the Holocaust Museum, and the Smithsonian.

The group also experienced a program in Ford’s Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and enjoyed seeing iconic landmarks like the White House, Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

“One of my students described Washington as a work of art because everywhere he looked, he could see something beautiful,” Hockley said. “Educational travel really helps kids see the world in new ways.”