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Mrs. Bonawitz Shares the Adventure!!!!
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Monday, April 04, 2016

                Wendell Middle School American Heritage just returned from their fabulous trip to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. Mrs. Bonawitz led ten 7th and 8th grade students and five adults to learn about our country’s history.

                In Washington, D.C., we visited the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr, National Memorial, FDR Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Iowa Jima Memorial, WWII Memorial, and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. We also spent time at Arlington National Cemetery and truly experienced the price that has been paid for our freedoms. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s plantation, was another highlight in Washington, D.C. We toured his home and learned about his life. We saw Ford’s Theatre where Lincoln was shot and the Petersen House where he was taken to be cared for. We also went to the Capitol Visitor’s Center, the Holocaust Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the White House, and the National Archives where we viewed the Declaration of Independence. 

                While in Pennsylvania, our group went to Gettysburg and learned about the civil war battle that took place there. They have an excellent presentation that explains the three day battle and a cyclorama that reenacts the third day’s events. We also went to Shriver House and got a view of the battle from a civilian family’s perspective.  We went on to Philadelphia and saw an awesome presentation, “We the People”, at the National Constitution Center and learned about the reasons that led up to our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We stood among the statues of those who signed, and refused to sign, the Constitution and learned about these amazing men.  We went to Independence Hall and saw where the Constitution was created. We also visited the Liberty Bell; saw Betsy Ross’s home; saw Benjamin Franklin’s grave and learned about the process he used as a printer; and explored Elfreth’s Alley.

                New York was full of excitement. We rode the subway and visited Chinatown, the Empire State Building, the Financial District, and the Today Show in Rockefeller Center. Maybe some of you saw our group on Saturday’s Today Show.  We also visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and visited the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. 

                We learned a lot about our country’s history, but we managed to work in some entertainment as well. We visited Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and watched Aladdin on Broadway. What an amazing experience that was! We would like to thank the community for their support with our fundraisers and helping make this trip a success. The next trip is planned for spring break in 2018. If you are interested in this trip you can contact Mrs. Bonawitz at the school or by email at

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