Eighth Graders Tour Louisiana Historic Sites

By Bethany Seales

From May 21-24, the Riverdale Academy 8thgrade class visited Baton Rouge and New Orleans on their annual LA History trip.  They began by touring the LA State Capitol and were blessed to be able to tour the House and the Senate floor.  Great tours were given by Representative Terry Brown and Senator Gerald Long.  The students were able to see a little about how our Louisiana government works and enjoyed learning fun facts about our state.

Following the tour, they had lunch in Baton Rouge before heading to New Orleans.  The night they arrived in New Orleans, they took a Vampire Tour of the city where they learned about some of the haunted history of the city. During the day, they students got to visit the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Insectarium, where some students ate bugs!  The class also visited the French Quarter and French Market, touring the historic St. Louis Cathedral while they were there. 

On Wednesday night they had loads of fun at Dave and Buster’s Restaurant and Arcade.  On Thursday night, they had dinner at the historic Mulate’s restaurant where they enjoyed a delicious meal and live Cajun music. Some of them even showed off their moves on the dance floor. 

They ended their trip on Friday by visiting the National World War II Museum, which was truly a moving experience.  They watched Beyond all Boundaries, a short film depicting the battles of World War II. 

The students who attended the trip were Miguel Allen, Ben Almond, Emma Nell Clemons, Jessie Kate Cobb, Luke Greer, Collin Hesson, Emily Kirkland, Mason Murray, Molly Seales, James Wagoner, and Jace Wilhite.  Teachers and other chaperones who attended were Georgia and Amanda Allen; Casey Clemons; Mary Vay Cobb; Martha Yarborough; Stacey, Madelynne, and Kortney Greer; Dana Hesson; Leslie Murray; Melissa Murray; Bethany Seales; Keri Wilhite; and history teacher Nick Williamson.

The class would like to thank all of the people who supported them during their sheet sale and bake sale/carwash so this trip would be possible. 

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