Eighth Grade Students Visit Washington D.C.

EDISON — From Tuesday, March 8 to Friday, March 11, eighth graders from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison traveled to Washington, D.C. with chaperones Christine Cerminaro, Tom Gilbert, Tanda Tucker  and Lee Nicholls.

Some of the highlights from the trip include: a visit to The White House, the Jefferson Memorial, a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center, and watching the play, Shear Madness. At the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, the students viewed an exhibit of Alexander Calder’s work.


Despite rainy conditions during a good part of the trip, the students continued with their busy itinerary. On Thursday, in addition to the normal tour, the students were privileged to sit in the gallery of the House of Representatives watching a bill being debated, before meeting with Representative Leonard Lance for a question and answer session.

To relax after that excitement the students moved on to the Art Gallery, where they investigated the works of Alex Calder. Then it was down the mall to the Washington monument for a very rainy view of the DC skyline. The busy day concluded with dinner at the Post Office Pavilion and a final trip to the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.

On Friday, the Class of 2015 visited the National Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.

Eighth-grade students from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison gather outside the White House after their tour on Wednesday, March 9. The visit to the White House was part of a four-day trip that featured many stops in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Tom Gilbert of Hoboken)

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