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The Eighth Grade in Washington DC

Friday, March 31, 2017

Today, our eighth-graders returned from a week-long trip to Washington DC, the culmination of this year's theme of Activism. In recent weeks, they've collected petitions in support of abortion rights and environmental justice, and on Wednesday they personally delivered them to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has visited our campus in the past. Our students were more excited for this event than for any other on the schedule, and we're proud of them for making their voices heard in the political realm. 

While they were in Washington, the eighth-graders also visited a variety of locations--including the Lincoln Memorial, the Library of Congress, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and many more--and they discussed the structure of the government and contemporary political issues. Eighth Grade Humanities teacher Terry Ashkinos, who chaperoned his students in Washington DC, describes the trip as a strong reflection of our school's mission. "We're hoping that the spirit of activism we've helped nurture at CDS will keep growing in high school," he says. "That's what we try to put out to the world."