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Students Explore Washington D.C. During February Heads Holiday

During the Head's Holiday weekend, a group of Loomis Chaffee students and faculty traveled to Washington, D.C., for an exploration of current events and social movements through the lens of history, media, and the Constitution.

The trip, organized by the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies and the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, aimed to educate and empower students as they engage in good global citizenship. Twelve student travelers and two faculty chaperones, history teacher and Keller Director of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good Eric LaForest and Carter Hall dorm head Beth Helfrich, spent five days in the nation's capital.

Along the group's ambitious itinerary, they visited several iconic monuments and government buildings, including the White House, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Lincoln Memorial. They toured the National Mall on foot and enjoyed an evening "Monument by Moonlight" tour aboard a trolley. Cultural experiences on the trip included a visit to an ethnic restaurant in the now-gentrified Logan's Circle neighborhood; visits to both Fox News and National Public Radio headquarters; and attendance at a musical performance of "I AM A MAN" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The group spent the majority of one day exploring the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where the students participated in a guided writing exercise and group discussion of the question, "What does it mean to be an American?"

The travelers also had opportunities to meet and gain perspective from individuals and groups whose objective is to influence government and public policy, including John Chwat, a distinguished and respected D.C. lobbyist, and representatives from Pathways 2 Power, an activist group made up of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School students and alumni.

The energetic group even found time to watch the Super Bowl and enjoy a Lunar New Year lunch in Chinatown before returning to the Island for Monday evening check-in.

Connect to a gallery a photos from the Washington, D.C., trip.