Early on a Friday morning in spring, two coach buses departed from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point. Forty-two fourth-grade Wildcats were headed to our state’s capital city to culminate a year of learning Indiana history.
St. Mary's teacher, Mrs. Arianne Wong, led the students and their chaperones on a day-long trip which started at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Walking through the rooms, Emma Bane commented, “The paintings done by Benjamin Harrison’s wife are really cool!”
After a walk through the historical home of our 23rd President, the students headed to the Indiana State Museum for self-guided tours. There, everything the students previously learned in the four walls of a classroom came to life!
Walking to the Indiana Statehouse was next on the itinerary. Getting to walk through the Governor’s office, sit in the chairs of each chamber of the Legislative Branch, and see the inside of the Indiana Supreme Court are memories that are not soon to be forgotten.
With energy to spare, the fourth-graders walked to the Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Monument in the center of the city. Climbing 331 stairs to get a birds-eye view of Indianapolis was high priority on the kids’ to-do lists! Needless to say, the bus ride home was quiet!
“This trip really is a perfect ending to our yearlong study of our state’s history. It’s the highlight of fourth grade!” Mrs. Wong enthusiastically commented upon return to the school’s parking lot.
St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point opened in 1872. The school offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through eight. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by cutting-edge technology. The school offers a multitude of activities and experiences including various field trips at each grade level. To learn more about St. Mary’s School or schedule a tour, visit stmarycp.org/school. St. Mary’s is currently accepting new students for the 2019-2020 school year.