Each spring, middle school students from Cayman International School mark the end of the school year with organised trips either in the Cayman Islands or abroad, depending on grade level.
This year, instead of going to Kaibo on a camping trip as in previous years, the Grade 6 students volunteered at the Red Cross and the Cayman Islands Humane Society for a service project.
The Grade 7 students went to Little Cayman and spent three days at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, where they learned about marine life and went exploring throughout Little Cayman. The Grade 7 trip was split into two groups to accommodate the class size and one of the groups was lucky enough to meet Prince Charles during his visit there.
Finally, the Grade 8 students flew to Washington, D.C., to supplement the American history lessons they experienced in class.
All of the Cayman International School school trips gave students a feeling of independence and excitement, providing them with new experiences and adventures.
The Grade 8 trip to Washington, D.C., was six days long and required detailed planning to ensure the trip ran as smoothly as possible. This year, middle school Spanish teacher Julia Meyerhoff volunteered to plan the itinerary for the entire trip. She began planning in October, making sure that all 40+ eighth-grade students were accommodated and each day was effectively planned to visit monuments and museums, or to engage in other activities.
There were four teachers acting as chaperones and to assist Ms. Julia on the trip. The Grade 8 students were excited and looking forward to travelling to Washington, especially after hearing stories from previous Grade 8 students who went on the trip in past years.
Ms. Julia planned trips to multiple museums, monuments and historic sites such as the Museum of American History, the Holocaust Museum, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The Museum of Natural History and Newseum were two of the favourites that the group visited. The students also toured the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
At every location the students learned the meaning and importance behind each of the buildings and the role it plays in today’s American society. The trip wasn’t all about academics; the students also experienced Washington life by visiting the Smithsonian Zoo, going to a Major League baseball game and attending off-Broadway play Shear Madness. And, after doing all of that, we still had time to go shopping!
Lauren Colaiacovo is a Grade
8 Student at Cayman