Tour Highlights: Washington D.C.

In March, two high school ASL groups came together for a fun-filled three-day tour of Washington, DC! The first group consisted of six students and their teacher from Willcox High School in Arizona, located about an hour east of Tucson. The second group included twelve students and their teacher from Lake Washington High School in Washington state, just north of Seattle, in Kirkland. Accompanied by Martin and Melinda, the students embarked on an exciting adventure exploring the nation’s capital.

Their itinerary included visits to Gallaudet University, Union Market, and the Signing Starbucks. The group also had a memorable experience at Mozzeria, where they encountered the pizzeria’s first-ever fire alarm, leading to the arrival of fire trucks in full force. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm.

The students were treated to tours of all the major landmarks in Washington, DC. They visited the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A significant stop was at Arlington Cemetery, where they witnessed the Changing of the Guard and visited the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite. Additionally, their tour included visits to the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum. They even caught a glimpse of the Cherry Blossom Parade, featuring Princess Tiana from Disney!

The trip was undoubtedly busy, and Martin and Melinda observed the students growing increasingly confident with their signing skills. By the end of the tour, many students were conversing with each other in ASL. The weather was wonderful, and everyone enjoyed a good amount of exercise with all the walking.

The students had so much fun that they begged their teachers for another tour with Martin and Melinda! A big thank you to Kristi and Amanda for bringing your students. We can’t wait to see you and your students again next year in Boston!

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