East Coast Tour

Bethany Christian School 7th and 8th graders were thrilled to be able to take their traditional East Coast tour which had been postponed for 2 years due to the pandemic.  The tour was led by Bethany’s 7th/8th grade history teacher Katherine Spinelli in  conjunction with Joshua Expeditions.  The tour had almost 30 participants, including six chaperones and featured  a packed schedule full of educational activities and sites in three different states.  In Philadelphia the students viewed the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center.  They then went on to visit Valley Forge, an Amish farm, Gettysburg and Mount Vernon in Virginia.  In Washington DC Bethany students toured the Holocaust Museum, the Ford Theater, the Capital Mall, the Spy Museum, the National Archives and the Museum of the Bible.  They took in many national monuments including the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial as well as seeing the Supreme Court, White House and Capitol Building.  They also were privileged to meet and pray with the Senate Chaplain on the East Steps.  Four Bethany students were selected to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  The trip was an excellent educational opportunity for Bethany students to enhance their studies of American history.