Today was such a great day of learning and even more fun! We started off the morning by going to the famous World War II museum. It is the top visit in all of New Orleans, the # 4 museum in the US, and #11 in the entire world. Dr. Hedges told us that the reason the trip happened is because she wanted to go to the museum! It was an eye opening experience for all of us, and we were truly able to see the sacrifice that was required of so many to save us in that war. Many of us left with tears in our eyes reflecting on what it must have been like.
After we grabbed a quick lunch, we walked over to the New Orleans aquarium. It was cool to see all the different fish they have there, especially the ones that are specific to the Mississippi. We also got to watch a 4D film about sharks and why they shouldn’t be anything we are afraid of.
Next, we headed back to the hotel to change and get ready for dinner. While we originally thought we would have around an hour in the room, we ended up running behind schedule and we were racing (literally) to get back to the hotel and change in fifteen minutes. It was frustrating in the moment, but we all laughed about it afterwards!
Dinner was on a riverboat cruise that took us up and down the river while eating dinner and enjoying some good jazz music. We were in the first group of people to eat a really good meal of pot roast and pork! After we ate we went up the top deck where we were just in time to catch the beautiful sunset over the skyline. By the time we had gotten some pictures and enjoyed the sights, a jazz band started playing. While most people were just sitting around, our group decided to start dancing and really get into the music! It set the tone for the rest of the night and eventually more and more people decided to join in and dance. The boat really was a ton of fun and a great way to spend our last night, and as Sam put it “it was 10 times better than I thought it would be!”
Lastly, we took a walk back to the hotel. Some people decided to ride a bicycle taxi to be quicker. When we got back we all met together for one final time to discuss the week and enjoy some letters from Mrs. Allen’s 3rd grade class. We went to bed really tired but really satisfied!
Austin Geter, 10th grade