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PC to D.C. Trip Update

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Last year I had the great pleasure to travel to Washington, D.C.  for seven days with a group of twelve 8th graders and two other sponsors. This was the second time I have had the chance to make this fantastic trip. Putnam County Middle School has been sponsoring this trip for over a decade now. It is historic, fun and extremely educational. A unique opportunity for kids to finish their time in middle school by going on the trip of a lifetime with a group of classmates. 

Some of the sights we experienced included:

  • Arlington Cemetery Tour

  • Monuments Tour

  • White House Tour

  • Capital Tour

  • Library of Congress Tour

  • Supreme Court Tour

  • Twilight Tattoo (History of the Military-  Live Entertainment)

  • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

  • Bureau of Engraving & Printing

  • Hop & Stop Bus Tour

  • Ford’s Theatre

  • National Archives & other Smithsonian Museums

  • Haunted Graveyard Tour

  • National Zoo

  • Mount Vernon Tour

  • The Capital Wheel (Ferris Wheel on the Potomac River)

  • Pentagon Tour


One of the best parts from a student’s perspective was the wonderful time hanging out with classmates while experiencing new adventures, something that they will never forget.

I am saddened by the fact that we, unfortunately, did not have enough students this year who filled out applications to make the trip a reality. 

I truly hope that next year’s 8th-grade students will take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Parents, if you think this would be a good life experience to celebrate your child’s move from Middle School to High School, please encourage them to apply next year. 



Andrew Garber

Middle School Principal