The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Features

February 2, 2013

Camanche students experience Washington, D.C.

CAMANCHE — Eighth-graders played a part in history as they experienced the inauguration first-hand on their trip to Washington D.C.

The enthusiastic group spent a four-day adventure experiencing the sites and history of Washington D.C., a trip that will not be long forgotten.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget,” Quinn Rauchenecker said. “I have so much more respect for this country.”

Memorable stops included the many memorials, museums and learning about Amish culture during a visit to Lancaster, Pa. The 38 students along with several chaperones and teacher Erin Montgomery spent six days traveling and experiencing the rich history and culture at the nation’s capitol.

“It really makes you realize all the work that went into building this country,” Hampton Grim said.

With only four full days to explore, the students kept busy hopping from each historical site to the next. One day was completely dedicated to visiting memorials and monuments, something that many students were not looking forward to initially, but later decided it was one of their favorite parts of the trip.

“One day we walked 14 miles and I was greatful for every step,” Isabel Wolf said.

About half of the eighth-grade students at Camanche Middle School went on the trip, but those left behind still got to see the sites and reflect on the experience. The students filmed videos about the different spots and what they learned for the students back in Camanche. This expedition gave students a chance to really put their learning to work.

“We realized how important history is and we were a part of history at the inauguration,” Alexa DeVries said.

Learning about past wars and the brave soliders who fought to protect the country inspired the students.

At most of the memorials, the talkative and animated group fell silent as they took in the true meaning of those who sacrificed everything for the good of the nation.

“This was the best trip of my life and it will likely always be,” Jakoby Helmers said. “It was great to see all the monuments and it really gave me an appreciation for the soldiers and our country.”

Even though they just returned last, the kids are already eager to go back.

“We already started talking about taking a road trip when we’re seniors,” Megan Hoffmann said. “And we talked about how we want to all live there someday. We may have gotten a little carried away.”

Videos from the trip are posted at https://www.youtube.com/user/emontclass.

1
Text Only
Features
  • Technology plays key part in battling police brutality (with VIDEO)

    Allegations of police brutality are nothing new -- as long as there has been law enforcement, citizens have registered claims that some officers cross the line. But in the last few years, the claims of excessive force are being corroborated with new technology from cell phone cameras, police dash-cams and surveillance videos. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Stewart McCaskill photo McCaskill settles into new role at shoe store CLINTON — An Oklahoma boy at heart, Stewart McCaskill is settling into Clinton and Brown’s Shoe Fit.The 35-year-old has worked with the Brown’s Shoe Fit company for seven years. His brother-in-law, who manages a Brown’s in Colorado, brought Stewart i

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 23, 2014

  • Darryl Hogue mugshot Hogue will lead River Bend schools FULTON, Ill. — Nearly eight months after opening the search, the River Bend School Board has found a replacement for the retiring district superintendent Robert “Chuck” Holliday.Darryl Hogue, principal of Morrison Junior High School, in Morrison, Ill

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22-14 water 2 Rotary Club donation gets water to Haitians CLINTON — Nine Haitian communities now have the blessing of clean water due to the work of local Iowa Rotary clubs, including Clinton’s, and the charity Water for Life.Water for Life Directors Joy and Leon Miller have been drilling wells for years as

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22-14 Emily Evans 7 seek pageant crown CLINTON — The time has come for Miss Clinton County Brandy Herrington to pass her crown on to the next lucky contestant and this year the competition is thick.When the event commences on Saturday at the DeWitt Central Performing Arts Center, seven yo

    July 22, 2014 7 Photos

  • Jhanson Calling America home CLINTON — Born in Russia, Natasha Jhanson now considers the United States her home.When the 41-year-old was born in Russia, the Soviet Union was still intact. When Natasha was 14, the area split into multiple countries. At that point, her family move

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-18-14 Party in the Park Party in the Park a big hit CAMANCHE — Nearly 300 people joined together Thursday to celebrate their community and all it has to offer to its residents.During the fourth annual Party in the Park, Camanche combined all their forces including city councilmen, business owners and

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 130408_NT_BEA_good kids We're raising a generation of timid kids

    A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Choir reunion spanning five decades CLINTON — Music helped Dan Ivory form long-lasting bonds. A Clinton High graduate in 1989, Ivory said being able to sing and play in the marching band was a rewarding experience for him, one he has sorely missed over the last 25 years.“Being in a cap

    July 14, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook