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Grade 8 Takes a Bite out of the Big Apple

The 8th grade, along with five faculty advisors, recently participated in the Global Citizenship Program in New York City. Upon arrival by Amtrak train, the group checked in to their midtown hotel and headed to Lower Manhattan to participate in, “A People's History of Immigration, from New York Harbor to Little Syria'', a walking tour led by Social Justice Walks. After dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square, they attended the Broadway production Come From Away at the Schoenfeld Theater. Thursday morning started with a walk to the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side. Students examined the lived experiences of immigrants in the mid-1800s, especially the challenges they overcame as tenement residents and small business owners. All had lunch at Essex Market, NYC’s most historic food market, then made their way to Battery Park to take the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to explore the complicated history of immigration in this country. Friday found the group walking the High Line to the Whitney Museum to learn about how artists respond to the social, political, and cultural climate of their time. This excursion was followed by lunch at Chelsea Market, a quick subway ride back to the hotel, and then it was time to board the train in Penn Station for the ride home. 

The students in the Class of 2026 had rave reviews of the trip. Here are just a few:

Hunter came home with more than just a Statue of Liberty keychain. “I learned so much about immigration and my family history!” She was struck by the fact that Wall Street is named for the wall built by the Dutch to keep out the British and indigenous peoples. Morgan loved it all: the architecture, riding the subway for the first time, walking around Central Park, the museums, the musical, etc. and she was especially impressed by the group’s visit to Ellis Island. She recalls, “I really didn't believe how much history New York City had, and I was amazed at how much I had never seen before.” Avery highly recommends the Wednesday night dinner venue: “One of the best parts of New York City was going to Ellen’s Stardust Diner, because the food was good, but more importantly there is great entertainment. The waiters all rotate singing songs and interacting with the guests.  Alina summed up the adventure this way,  “New York was a great experience, learning about history you didn’t know before with your friends, and making great memories in a wonderful city”. It’s hard to imagine a better way for the Class of 2026 to spend a few spring days together.