April 24-26 – Seventh graders studying the history of America in school spent three days in Philadelphia exploring the birth of a nation. Head of Upper Campus Matt Hall joined them. “It was a great opportunity to connect with students outside the classroom,” he explained. “As a history teacher, it’s also a topic that I’m passionate about.”
What did the students enjoy most about Philadelphia?
At the top of their list was following in Rocky Balboa’s footsteps as they ran up the 72 steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but they also enjoyed the exhibit of the history of George Washington’s tent at the Museum of the American Revolution. The tour of Independence Hall was also a crowd pleaser, where our group was applauded by the Park Rangers for their knowledge of Revolutionary history.
In Gettysburg, students learned how to fire a Confederate cannon with a 12-pound cannonball that travels at a speed of 900 feet per second and has a range of three miles. Students also had the opportunity to read the “Gettysburg Address” at the actual site where Lincoln gave his speech.
The annual seventh grade trip to the City of Brotherly Love “is the perfect combination of community and curriculum,” Mr. Hall said. “Students can enjoy each other’s company while being surrounded by the historical content and places they’ve studied this year.”
PHOTOGRAPHY: Matt Hall, Marie Pena, and Jordan Schnell
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