Students from Pine River-Backus - along with their teacher, Lisa Toft - joined three other schools to tour Washington, D.C., with World Classroom Educational Travel.

Along with their World Classroom guides, they were met in D.C. by a local expert who provided historical and human interest stories as the group visited key national monuments.

Pine River-Backus students who ventured to Washington, D.C., included Skylar Gajewski (front row), Samantha Wirtz (middle row), Ayla Richards, Cate Travis, Austin DeGrote (back row), Anneka Lindquist, Ashley Shamp and Nathan Nations. Submitted Photo (July 2021)
Pine River-Backus students who ventured to Washington, D.C., included Skylar Gajewski (front row), Samantha Wirtz (middle row), Ayla Richards, Cate Travis, Austin DeGrote (back row), Anneka Lindquist, Ashley Shamp and Nathan Nations. Submitted Photo (July 2021)

These included the Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jefferson, Washington, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials. The students also visited Arlington National Cemetery where they had a front row experience of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Two highlights of the trip were a guided tour of Gettysburg and a visit to Mount Vernon where the group was fortunate to be one of only two groups to tour the inside of George Washington’s home.

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This was the school’s second trip traveling to D.C., with a trip scheduled for June 2022. Students entering grades 7-9 can still sign up to be a part of this experience.