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Wilson Christian English teacher Carol Abrams ushered her 37 sophomores around Washington, D.C., recently.
“We had a delightful day at our nation’s capital,” she said. “We’ve been studying Corrie Ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place.” I wanted them to feel the reality of history. What we read isn’t just words on pages — history is real lives, recorded for our instruction.”
A visit to the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum may have been the headline, but additional stops were also included.
The group left at 5 a.m. and started their tour at the Library of Congress where the students split into small groups and followed several directed research activities. One of the best discoveries among the stacks and floors was a pedestrian tunnel leading directly to the Capitol Building.
A half-dozen parents led students through their discoveries.
A short hike over to Union Station led to the highly-anticipated lunch stop. After lunch, everyone hopped on a “circulator” (as D.C. people call it) for a ride to the powerful Holocaust Museum.
At the Holocaust Museum, students somberly recalled Corrie Ten Boom’s words:
“This was evil’s hour: We could not run away from it. Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.
“We must tell people, Corrie. We must tell them what we learned. This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
Students rounded out the day on the National Mall, marching to and through the World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. The sheer magnitude of these remembrances — much larger in real-life than implied on a TV screen — inspired and amazed.
The “10-mile hike” was beginning to affect even those wearing comfortable shoes. But when the bus location pinged up on Abrams’ phone — just a few, strategic blocks away — the pace quickened.
“The students were great all day long. They were on time, had good spirits, and the parents seemed to have a good time, too,” Abrams said. “I’m thankful our 10th-graders, who are studying the Holocaust in literature, were able to spend the day in Washington, D.C., learning about our history. We might have to do this again next year.”