Pack Your Bags!


As the month of Nov. approaches, many Coginchaug seniors gear up for the annual Washington, DC field trip.

This trip consists of four days in our nation’s capital, stopping in Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center midday Wed. Nov. 19. The trips grand finale ends with students visiting Ford’s Theater, where the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, on April 14, 1865.

Activities range from visiting the Holocaust Museum, to the four students who are selected to hang a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb is at the top of the National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia. It represent all the soldiers that have died in the line of duty that weren’t recognized publicly. “Unknown but to God, who gave their last full measure of devotion, so future generations might always be free.”

Students will communicate with chaperones for suggestions on what to do Fri. Nov. 21. They will be in the Mall for three hours where students can visit many Smithsonian Museums, the National Gallery of Art, the Washington Monument and even the Spy Museum.

In his eleventh year organizing the trip, Coginchaug history teacher Mr. Tony Pulino describes it as a “collective experience that students will talk about at the high school reunion.” He was very excited to announce that during this trip, students will be able to climb to the top of the Washington Monument, which reopened in May after almost three years of repairs.

Students and parents are encouraged to check the trip website for the itinerary. Students are encouraged to have as much fun as possible, while being safe and courteous to others.

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