In the dark, sleepy hours of May 24th, approximately 40 Grade 9 students and 8 staff members met in the US departure area of YVR. At just after 4am, it was difficult for the students to determine how this was going to be a fun and worthwhile trip; however, once they landed in DC there was no stopping them.
Each year, the KDHS Grade 9 class, in partnership with the Asper Foundation, embarks on a 3-day trip to Washington DC. At the heart of the excursion is a visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum where students have the opportunity to make real their studies in Jewish History class. Along with this, they visit the various Smithsonian Museums, monuments, and other local attractions. This year, our students had the added opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery and Newseum, a museum that documents the history of journalism in the United States. The trip had something for everyone including the opportunity for our Grade 9’s to meet other Jewish young people from across Canada.View Slide Show here