Last week my friend’s daughter went on her 8th grade class trip, which of course, made me immediately think of my own 8th grade class adventure to Washington, D.C. back in the late ’80s.
It seems like in my town (small city about an hour east of Chicago), it was tradition for the 8th grade classes (both public and private schools did this) to take a spring trip each year. At my school, we started raising money for the trip in the fall, by raking leaves, selling things and working the church’s BINGO night.
I believe the trip was a four day excursion – we took a bus to the airport, flew to D.C., and then spent the weekend on a chartered bus seeing the sights. We were taped into our rooms at night – i.e., after a bed check, the chaperones put masking tape over our doors so that they’d know if we’d busted out. Smart, huh?
I do remember seeing some sights, posing for the necessary class panoramic photo on the steps of the Capitol, and being disappointed that the Mall didn’t actually have any stores. I also remember listening to Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” endlessly on my Walkman.
If my memory serves, this was the only overnight class trip I took until college. How about you? What were your more involved school trips? Where did you go? How did you get there? How was your Monday?