Mountain View sixth graders finally go to DC after three-year hiatus

More than 200 Mountain View Intermediate sixth grade students and staff set out for Washington DC Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. The group will experience a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital and return to Franklin on Saturday. Photos by Diane Peltz

Diane Peltz Contributing Writer

Mountain View Intermediate (MVI) sixth grade students are on their way to Washington DC. Academic Expeditions with some 210 students, parents, and staff on four busses left MVI at 5 a.m. sharp on Wednesday morning on the 10-hour journey after a three-year hiatus due to COVID. The attending school staff has been to Washington DC eight times. 

On the itinerary for their first stop of the day at 3 p.m., is the National Air and Space Museum. The group will have dinner at the Pentagon Mall and then onto the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial.  They will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge in Woodbridge, Va.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be full of adventures which include a tour of the Capitol. The Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian and Fords Theater is next with another stop on the tour that includes the Pentagon Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial and the Arlington Cemetery. Two military family students will lay wreaths, something that they had not been privileged to do on previous trips.

On Friday a tour guide will take them to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mansion, where they will learn of the rich history behind the mansion. They will depart on Saturday but not before visiting the National Museum of the Army. 

All travelers received food vouchers for their meals. A pit stop for souvenirs will be made along the trip, and virtually endless photo opportunities.