By Ed Becker, principal, Little Diomede
Nine Little Diomede students, ranging in age from 12 to 15, their teacher Miss Katie Mecsey and Principal Ed Becker experienced the field trip of a lifetime April 10 – 21, 2009. The field trip’s theme was “Dream to be and do more!” While on this field trip, some students experienced jet, train and bus travel, escalators, elevators, and dining at a full-service restaurant for the first time. In Orlando, Florida, the students visited Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark and swam/stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
Then in Washington D.C., the students visited the Air and Space Museum, Holocaust Museum, American Indian Museum, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Grant Memorial, WWII Memorial, White House, Capital Building, National Zoo, National Cathedral, Union Station, Old Post Office Pavillion, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, Old Town Alexandria, Albert Einstein’s Statue, and watched both a live performance of Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center and the Washington Nationals cream the Phillies 8 to 2 (with four home runs!) at Nationals Park.
The final days of the trip was in southwestern Michigan. They visited their pen pals and the homes of their pen pals, toured two private schools (Cranbrook & Kingsbury), taught Michigan students how to play Eskimo kickball, were interviewed by two Michigan newspapers, visited a science institute: planetarium, geological display, Native American collections, and biome study, listened to motivational speakers, ate gyros in Greek Town in Detroit, stayed overnight at a farmhouse, visited with farm animals, participated in a bonfire complete with s’mores, and most had their hair professionally cut and styled.