The seventh grade traveled to Boston, Massachusetts in late September to experience the history and culture of the vibrant city. This was the inaugural trip to Boston for Moravian Academy, as well as the first trip where the Middle School expanded a grade level trip to three days and two nights. Led by Grade Dean, Mr. Nicholas Lucas, the students were able to see the historic places that they explore in the social studies curriculum while also having time to explore math and science.
During the three-day adventure, students began with a trip to historic Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball originally opened in 1912, to see a Red Sox game versus the San Francisco Giants. Prior to first pitch, students enjoyed a VIP tour of the park which included sitting on top of the Green Monster, visiting the team’s uniform hall of fame, and walking on the field. The group was lucky enough to see Carl Yazstremski throw out the ceremonial first pitch to his grandson who plays for the Giants. Even though the Red Sox lost, it was a beautiful evening for a ballgame.
On day two, the group began with a half-day walking tour of the old city. On the Freedom Trail, students were able to walk through Boston Common, explore the Granary Burying Ground where John Hancock, Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and other significant Americans are buried, visit the Old North Church, stand where the Boston Massacre occurred in 1770, visit Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, and walk past Paul Revere’s home and the Old State House. After the long walk, students enjoyed lunch and then headed off to cruise the Boston harbor. On the water, students were able to experience the importance of water to the city’s history and see the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship that is still afloat, along with Bunker Hill.
During the final day, students spent the morning exploring The Museum of Science enjoying the interactivity of the exhibits, including Mathematica, which explores math through history, before enjoying lunch at a cafe that overlooks the Charles River.
Overall, a good experience was had by all. Everyone returned back to the Lehigh Valley exhausted but full of stories and new learning experiences to share.