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8th Graders Visit NYC on 11/1/2019

On November 1st, 8th grade students, their teachers and parent chaperones woke up early to take a day trip to NYC. This trip was planned by social studies teacher, Mr. Gambitta. 

Mr. Gambitta has been taking students on this trip for over a decade. He said, “I love to show students where history happened, first-hand. I have been teaching about immigration and the events of 9/11. Seeing Ellis Island and the World Trade Center Memorial helps bring the events to life for the students.”

Another reason Mr. Gambitta planned the trip is because, “for many of our students this trip is the only time they go to New York City, or even leave the general area in which they live. The kids love this trip for many reasons - being together with friends and classmates, riding on a large ferry in the NYC Harbor, exploring Ellis Island, experiencing the remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy and viewing the NYC skyline.”

Kendall Mack, 8th grade student said, “my favorite part was the Statue of Liberty. From Liberty Island we had such an amazing view of the NYC skyline. The Statue is much larger in real life.”

Prior to leaving for the trip, the 8th grade students learned about the tragic events of 9/11. Kendall said, “I was not even born when 9/11 happened so it is important for students my age to understand and learn about the past.  When we were in NYC visiting the 9/11 Memorial, it made it more realistic.”

Students will take the memories of the trip with them as they go on to high school and maybe even leave NYS someday. The trip was a success and not only did the students learn about the history of immigration in America and the events of 9/11/01, but also had fun!



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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