Five hard-working UMCH residents reached 80 percent of their academic goals this year and thereby earned the privilege to attend a trip to Washington, D.C. with our Education Center’s college group.
A group of our staff gathered to pray blessings over the travelers before they hit the highway.
Our residents experienced hands-on what we have been studying in our “You’ve Got Rights” civics classes for the past four months: namely, the rough road traversed to create legislation for every citizen to be able to vote and receive equal rights.
Personally meeting Congressman John Lewis and his Washington staff , we were escorted through the capitol where our country’s history is made. We were mesmerized by the White House, the Lincoln and MLK memorials , and especially the World War II war memorial extravagant fountain and light display. The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum was eye-opening for our students as we heard them saying time and time again: “Are you sure these are real?” “They were really alive at one time?”
Part of the trip was set aside for visiting with the admissions director of American University, who guided us through the application process. As we toured the beautiful campus, we were proud that this Methodist university has similar roots as our campus.
It was a whirlwind trip of learning, inspiration and celebration of the hard work of our residents. We are already planning for next year!
Enjoy some of the pictures from our trip below!
-Julie Rogers-Martin, Education Coordinator