At 1:45AM, June 3rd, 42 GR 7th and 8th grades students, parents, and staff left for Washington DC to see and do as much as they could fit in. The photo shows their first stop of the trip which was to see the White House. They were on the go from early in the morning until late each evening. They returned back to Gladbrook very late in the evening on June 5th. Some of the sites they saw and visited were Iwo Jima, WW II Memorial, The National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, FDR Memorial, Museum of Natural History, Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Museum of American History, to name a few. We also toured the Capitol and met with Senator Grassley. Each evening the kids enjoyed about 90 minutes of down time in the pool or in their rooms.
This trip is an optional student trip that is offered to GR students on an every-other-year basis. Students have been doing fundraising for the past two years to earn money for their trip. One student worked many events and earned most of the cost of the trip while others chose to not work fundraising and paid for their trip on their own. Fundraising has already begun for the 2015 trip.
Front Row: Hanna Sager, Audrey Leyen, Jake Moore, Dema Strohbehn (behind), Matt Johannsen, Sam Cahalan, Cael Wyatt, Jenni Gutknecht, Joel Davis.
Middle Row: Maddi Frischmeyer, Sasha Nagle, Tessa Sienknecht (behind), Emily Moss, Cassidy Christopher, Mo Brown, Hunter Smoldt (behind), Katy Thompson, Walker Thede, Deagan Haack, Joseph Pepe, Rhett Barnes.
Back Row: Jed Peterson, Mason Skovgard, Bruce Schick, Slade Wager, Josh Peterson, Jaden McGhee, Erik Knaack, Max Schweppe,, Tyler Pierce, and Gage Murty.