Right after each school year ends Dogwood students take off on an annual adventure known as Dogwood2DC. This trip helps to enhance what was learned in 4th and 5th grade American History classes. It was also an educational way for the kids to be a little independent, have fun, and bond with friends and teachers after concluding their time at Dogwood. Student, Addison Linville agreed, “The best part of the trip was learning outside of school, and doing it with friends!”
Ms. Fredrick and Mrs. Booten coordinate this trip each year. This year’s trip was filled with many exciting activities including: Smithsonian Air and Space and Natural History Museums, Mt. Vernon, Spy Museum, Ford’s Theater, Holocaust Museum, Moonlight Monument Tours, and Capitol Building Tour. This year was extra special because four DES students took part in the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Ms. Fredrick said, “As a 5th grade teacher, this was a great chance for me to talk to my students about the history of our country, both the good and the bad. When students see Vietnam veterans at their memorial or Holocaust survivors at their museum, and often get to talk to them, history suddenly becomes “real” to them and not just something in a textbook.” The plans for next year’s Dogwood2DC are already getting started!