Harvey’s eighth-graders enjoyed their overnight trip to Philadelphia last week, an annual spring ritual that serves to cement the bond the class has built all year long.
The trip, designed to be both a fun and educational adventure, began with a visit to the 42-acre Philadelphia Zoo, where students viewed gorillas, tigers, lions, rhinos and giraffes, among the more than 1300 animals featured in America’s oldest zoo.
Student Aaron DuPree thoroughly enjoyed his time at the zoo. “I have never seen some of those animals so close-up,” said Aaron.
Students then visited the Franklin Institute of Science where they toured some of the interactive exhibits related to the brain, the heart, weather, and space. The museum was also serving as headquarters this year for the annual NFL draft, which added some excitement as the students enjoyed some of the events and exhibits associated with that event.
Following dinner, it was off to see the sights of the city as they traveled aboard a double-decker bus. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, South Street and Market Street were just some of the evening’s stops along the way. Students also learned about the many murals featured on buildings throughout the city.
Day 2 of the trip was just as action-packed with visits to Reading Terminal, National Constitution Center and the brand new Museum of the American Revolution. Middle School Head was happy to learn that Harvey’s students were the first school group to visit the museum, which provides an interactive and educational Revolutionary experience. “It was awesome to see artifacts related to something I have studied in class,” said Andrew Ortiz. “It gave me a better appreciation for those historical events,” the eighth-grader added.
“Overall, the trip was a tremendous success and provided a nice opportunity for the eighth-grade class to celebrate their final year of middle school,” said Head of Middle School, Dr. Brendan Byrne.