Five Elon University juniors studying elementary education recently accompanied 80 fifth grade students and their parents from R. Homer Andrews Elementary School to Washington D.C.
The trip provided teaching candidates Lucie Miller, Ashley Gill, Quin Bergh, Lauren Van Fleet and Margaret Spotts, an opportunity to witness social studies instruction firsthand.
The Elon students spent three days visiting monuments, memorials, museums, the White House, Mount Vernon and the Capital building. At Arlington National Cemetery they witnessed the changing of the guards at the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers.
While they were visiting the Capitol, they met with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr. Most of the fifth grade students that went on the trip had never been out of their city, with one young student calling it the “trip of a lifetime.”
The Elon students said the trip was a great experience and they could see for themselves exactly how powerful it can be for students to see this firsthand.
– Information provided by Marna Winter, an adjunct instructor in the School of Education