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Seventh Graders Enhance History Study in Philadelphia Trip

Rudy Brandl

Seventh graders enjoyed a fantastic and busy three-day trip to Philadelphia, PA from Nov. 8-10. Over the course of three days of touring, seventh graders deepened their understanding of their study of American history with visits to the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. For the first time, Wardlaw+Hartridge students were invited to participate in the National Constitution Center's Constitutional Ambassadors Program, which pairs students with both museum educators and with a working federal judge to dive deeply into the implications of the US Constitution on history and on their own lives. 

In addition to visiting historical museums and sites, the group visited the National Liberty Museum, where they took part in a workshop on social justice and the role they can play as allies, the Franklin Institute, and Battleship New Jersey, where they not only toured a naval battleship but took part in a question-and-answer session with a US Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam War. The students and chaperones Jeffrey Martin, Ellen Ritz, Mike Howell and Bess Gildersleeve also had a blast being together and having fun at Dave and Buster's!