Falling for the October Trips: DC



The Pinewood eighth grade took
on our nation’s capital or a week-long trip, exploring museums, visiting memorials and diving into the history of the country. Organized by computer teacher Phil Ribaudo, the students visited places like the 9/11 Memorial, Holocaust Museum, The Capitol Building, Mount Vernon, and many other influential landmarks all in one week. This year the class was a little smaller but that did not stop this trip from being as memorable and exciting
as always.

   While safety is always Ribaudo’s number one concern, he also made sure that everyone has a great time – making it a trip of a lifetime and something stud
ents will remember forever.

   There were a few experiences that stuck with the students.

    “My favorite part was the dinner-theatre,” eighth grader Alexis Tanase said. This year the class was treated to dinner and a showing of “Memphis”.

   Ribaudo’s favorite part was “watching the look on the students’ faces when they see something they’ve never seen for the first time – like the Lincoln Memorial.”

   The night on the trip that often resonates most with the students is the one where they tour the National Mall. There they saw the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and many more. Ribaudo always looks forward to asking four students to read the words inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial to their peers and teachers. He said
that it never fails to be “awe inspiring.”