By Mrs. Burnham, Mr. Schreiber, Mrs. Turcotte
On May 7, 2010 our three fifth grade classes at Ashford School will journey to Boston, Massachusetts. Why? (Sorry - Red Socks / Yankees fans - there is no game at Fenway Park on that date.) Boston will be our field trip site because fifth graders are currently studying the Revolutionary War as a part of their social studies curriculum. Boston is said to be the birthplace of the American Revolution.
On this outing students will receive a guided tour of the Freedom Trail, which is a 2.5 mile hike through the streets of the city. Dressed in period costume, our guide - be it Abigail Adams, John Hancock, or another patriot who helped turn some colonists’ dream of independence into reality - will begin our journey on the Boston Commons. From there we will meander through the Granary Burying Ground and view the graves of Paul Revere and those who died in the Boston Massacre. We will see the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the Boston colonists. We’ll walk past the site of the Boston Massacre and end our trek at Faneuil Hall, which served as a place for town meetings. After leaving the Freedom Trail, a stage actor playing Benjamin Franklin will discuss his life during this revolutionary period.
As we board the buses home, one thinks one can hear echoing through the streets:
“Go, Patriots of the American Revolution!”