Grade 7: Washington DC
Culminating their two-year-long study of American History, Government, and the US Constitution, students in Grade 7 visit our nation’s capital for 4 days and 3 nights. The trip is a strong bonding opportunity for the class, as they learn to navigate around an unfamiliar city, making a variety of independent decisions along the way. The trip includes visits with members of the Rashi kehillah (community) who live and work in Washington, DC. Past trips have included time with Rabbi Jonah Pesner, National Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Congressman Joe Kennedy, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Elena Kagan.
"The DC trip has long-lasting impact on the students," explains Social Studies teacher and trip organizer Keith Civin. "It helps them realize how truly amazing our country and Government are and at the same time recognize its flaws. Their study of the Constitution and the structure and inner workings of the United States Government, together with their meetings with important leaders will enable them to one day become agents of change in their world."