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History comes alive in D.C. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   

Twenty-one Holyoke eighth- and ninth-graders spent much time in the classroom during the last school year learning about history, but last week they got to see history in action.

A whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., June 3-7 gave students a glimpse of the famous American history sights as well as a taste of the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Holyoke history teacher Luke Thomas took his first group of students to Washington, D.C., two years ago, initiating what he hopes will continue to be an every-other-year cycle.

Holyoke students visit the Iwo Jima Memorial during their whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., last week. Eighth- and ninth-graders are pictured from left, front row, Logan Osborne, Brook Prottsman, Taylor Hendrix, Regan Van Overbeke, Anna Jelden, Bailey Hamaker and Katie Gerk; second row, Keith Brown, Kaitlyn Shafer, Tara Krueger, Mariah Pell, Karen Nuñez and Dylon Lousberg; and back row, Luke Krogmeier, Zach Churchwell, Jarrett Woodhead, Tori Hatton, Jaxie Gerk, Emily Krogmeier, Austin Herman and Gunnar Kroeger.

Even though they were part of a tour with two other groups, the Holyoke kids got to see some history in the making, which not everyone gets to do. They first met with Michael Bennet, U.S. senator for Colorado, for an hour session of questions and answers.

His office then gave the group a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Gallery tickets allowed the students to see where all the action takes place. While the House of Representatives was not in session when they toured the meeting room, the Senate happened to be in session. It was a special treat for the students to witness them in action, voting for a new Cabinet member.