It was a trip of a lifetime for some, a first
time flight for another and a fun-filled weeklong whirlwind
tour to Washington DC for Sunol Glen School’s eighth
grade class. This exciting middle school field trip held the
week of April 17, was not only the finale of a year of extensive
fundraising by the class and their parents, but it held a certain
rite of passage that has been a tradition for many years. The
week began with an evening ghost tour of colonial Williamsburg
and a tour of a historical Jamestown, VA, settlement. Then
it was off to DC to tour Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon-Home
of George Washington, Ford’s Theater, where President
Lincoln was assassinated and the Capitol building, where we
learned our tour guide was a hometown local from nearby Dublin,
CA. We also visited the Smithsonian complex, where we split
into groups to visit as many of the individual museums as possible.
We toured an old Naval ship at the naval Museum and of course
visited the many memorials and monuments that dot the city,
such as the somber war memorials, the massive Jefferson Memorial
and my personal favorite, the Lincoln Memorial. I also enjoyed
the visit to the Roosevelt Memorial and the interesting, yet
whimsical statue of Albert Einstein. The Spy Museum was another
highlight of the trip that the kids enjoyed.
Due to time restraints during our busy schedule, the parents
were not able to enter the US Supreme Court but we managed
to get our kids in line to view an actual trial in session.
Most of us parents were very disappointed that we could not
get in but discovered that if one had to use the restroom facilities,
you were permitted, under very tight security, to enter the
building from a different side entrance. So, although we were
unable to view a trial, we did have an opportunity to walk
the beautiful marble hallways and view magnificent pieces of
Other highlights included the White House “picture only” stop.
As we were walking towards the White House we were stopped
by security and told that the area was closed and we could
not get anywhere near to take pictures. We were told we may
return in a half an hour, so we decided to spend some time
in the visitor center then walk back to the White House. After
approximately 30 minutes as we exited the visitor center we
immediately realized the reason for the closure—the presidential
helicopter was departing the White House with President Bush
on board. Ironically the President was on his way to California.
The most difficult but necessary museum we visited was the
US Holocaust Museum. Although sometimes disturbing, I feel
it was very important for our students to learn what happened
so very long ago.
We as parents were very proud to hear from several tour guides
and representatives that our students were one of the best
behaved groups at several locations we attended. Sunol Glen
students attending the trip were Nicola Barnes, Jeffrey Bettencourt,
Christy Bissinger, Caitlin Carter, Jessica Christian, Gregory
Monson, Amanda Moore, Chance O’Connor, Daniel Zinna,
Kyle Scroggins, Chelsea Whiteside and Foothill High Junior,
Katie Surles and parent chaperones were Victoria Barnes, Judy
Bettencourt, Ron Bissinger, Martha Carter, Holly and Dale Scroggins,
Guin Van Dyke and Ginny Whiteside.
More School news—tomorrow is the annual Sunol Community
Blood Drive. The Red Cross Bus will be at the school from 1:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m Please sign up at the school office or online
at www.beadonor.com (sponsor code:SUNOLGLEN).
Be sure to make reservations now for special Mothers Day meals
on Sunday at Bosco’s Bones and Brew. A brunch buffet
is being served from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner will
be served from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please call 925-862-0821