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Four CMS students lay wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier
Cuthbertson Middle School students had the privilege of dedicating a wreath recently at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during an educational field trip to Washington, DC.
The students participated in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
As part of the eighth-grade trip, students were encouraged to submit an essay describing why they wanted to participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Four students, Willow Abrunza, Janelle Craig, Tucker Parrish and Kaitlyn Viar, were chosen from the entries to participate.
The winning entries spoke about how each student demonstrates school spirit and their personal connections to the military.
“The students were a glowing representation of their families, classmates, Cuthbertson Middle School, and our community,” said Cuthbertson Middle School teacher Heather Karpinski. “Their display of patriotism, courage and reverence is to be commended.”
While in Washington, students visited the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.
Students also went to many of the Smithsonian museums, The Capitol Building, The Library of Congress, The White House, and Arlington National Cemetery.
On the way home, a visit to Mount Vernon provided students with an in-depth view of the life of George Washington.
Karpinski said the Washington D.C. field trip was a wonderful educational opportunity for the eighth-grade students.
"The experiences, that could only be gained through visiting Washington D.C., provided our students with an extension of their classroom learning,” she said.
Karpinki added that school officials were grateful to the teachers and parents who chaperoned the trip this year. “We would also like to thank our students for being a glowing representation of our school,” she said.
Written by: Cuthbertson Middle School teacher Heather Karpinski
Posted: May 22, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe