La Crosse Elementary Students Explore Washington, D.C.

In 1942, the Safety Patrol Program was introduced in our area schools.  By the early 1950’s, selected students were offered a trip to our nation’s capital as part of the program.  Initially, one student was chosen from each elementary school, and the group traveled to Washington, D.C. on a school bus.

Since then, the program has grown exponentially!  This year, April 30th – May 4th, 16 chaperones, a teacher, and School Resource Officer Phil Martin accompanied 65 students from Coulee Montessori, Emerson, Hintgen, Northside, Spence, and State Road Elementary schools as they explored Washington, D.C.

For three busy days, the group visited Gettysburg, Mt. Vernon, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, JFK Performing Arts Center Rooftop, Embassy Row, Ronald Regan building, Museum of American History, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Museum, Steve Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, MLK Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, WWII Memorial, and of course, the White House.

The La Crosse City Safety Patrol trip occurs each spring and has proven to be an experience of a lifetime!

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