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EmmaUS Trips to Philadelphia and National Archives

2016

       

               

Words of thanks from the participants

“Thanks for letting me go on this field trip. I saw the statue of James Madison and I took a photo with him. He is the shortest person who signed the Constitution. I had so much fun in the Signers’ Hall.” – Savion

“I do not know how to write cursive and was not able to read much of the stuff that I saw when I went to the Archives. There was no way I could understand the words to the Preamble to the Constitution until I unscrambled them when I went upstairs to the Learning Center.” – Samone

“Thank you. I learned so much on the van. I had so much fun visiting all the people who signed the Constitution. I sat with Mr. Benjamin Franklin and acted like I was talking to him.” – Camille

“When I went to the National Constitution Center, I took the Oath of Office for the President of the United States. Thank you for letting me go.”  -- Taylor

“I like the pictures that I saw on the wall outside the building where the Liberty Bell was. I love the movie theater where we went. I want to go again. Thank you.” – Murshawn

“I liked riding and reading the signs. They are good and help you get where you want to go.” – Byron

“Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this great trip. I had never been on an educational trip where I learned so much.” – Angela

“It was great to see that someone is still very interested in taking the time to show these students the many things about history and to have a community organization that supports every effort to see that the children get the chance to leave their neighborhood and begin to explore the world.” – Baba

“Thanks again for all you do for us. I am amazed at how much our children need to know about history. For many of the children who had gone before, it was admirable to see what they had learned and remembered from the previous trip.” -- Emma

 

  2015 Trips to Philadelphia and National Archives

 

 


Comments from the participants


“Thanks for letting me participate on this field trip. I saw the statute of James Madison and I took a photo with him. He is my height and is the shortest.” Mysoun P.

"Thank you for helping me to come on this trip. I learned that George Washington was the tallest person who signed the Constitution.” Byron P.

“I do not know how to write cursive and was not able to read much of the stuff that I saw when I went to the Archives. There was no way I could understand the words to The Preamble to the Constitution.” Samatha T.

“Thank you. I learned so much! I liked riding and looking out the window. I liked the gift shop. I had so much fun visiting all the people who signed the Constitution. I pretended I was talking to some of them. I saw so many people standing in this one room.” (That was Statutory Hall). Heaven W.

“Thank you for the trip. I saved some of the money you gave me for food. This was the second time I went on the trip. I saw two movies about the old days. It was fun! I learned how signs can help you get where you want to go. I signed I saw a big signature – John Hancock” Hazel E.

“Thank you for the trip. I learned how we got our independence on July 4, 1776 and the celebration of the fourth of July 4 has more meaning to me now.” DeMarco W.

“I had a good time on the trip. I learned that the people had to fight to get our freedom from another country. I took the Oath of Office. Thank you for letting me go.” Taylor J.

“I had a good time. I met a friend on the trip. I want to go again. Thank you.” Camille J.

“I had fun at the Archives. This was my first trip. I was the leader and had to help others find how to get around. I finally know now how Michael Jackson was able to lean. He had some special shoes and I saw them at the Archives. Thank you.” Lauren J.

“I liked riding in the van. I liked it when we stopped and ate food outside on the benches. This was the first time I had been to Philadelphia. I want to go again. Thank you.” Jasia F.

“It is a lot of fun to ride on the van. I was selected as one of the two leaders for the other students. That was fun. I learned so much about road signs. I was able to tell the names of the States that we had to go through to get to Philadelphia. I am good at saving my money.” Savion T.

“I met some new friends. I liked taking pictures and I enjoyed going to the gift shop. I want to go again. Thank you so much.” Samone T.

“Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this great trip. I had never been on an educational trip where I learned so much. I would like to be a part of this group again. The trip was so well organized. I learned that some people would not sign the Constitution.” ShaRhonda P.

“I realized after going on this trip how much I had missed and how much I learned. I don’t know if I forgot or if I never learned some of the things I learned today. This trip made me aware of how much I do not know about history. I would like to go again.” Elvera P.


“ I truly enjoyed the trip. Each time I go I learn something new. It is a wonderful experience and look forward to doing it again. Thanks again for all you do for us.” I am amazed at how much our children need to know about history. For many of the children who had gone before, it was admirable to see what they had learned and remembered from the previous trip. Emma W.

 

EmmaUS Trip to Philadelphia, 2012
by Emma P. Ward, Directress, EmmaUs Learning Center

Friends of Southwest DC has supported EmmaUs Learning Center in its goals and objectives to offer students a variety of opportunities to further enhance their educational background since 2002. What a commitment!

If your organization had not provided us with the support for our program we would not have been able to provide our students with leadership opportunities. When we went on trips, each student expressed their leadership by planning the travel route and purchase fare cards for participants. As a result of your support, we created a financial literacy program. Each participant was given a specific amount of money. The goal was to have them learn how to spend within their budget. They were required to save some and not ask anyone for additional money. We are still using that component of the program.

We are more than grateful to you for sponsoring the field trips. The purpose of the trips was to expose participants to the early history of American independence from Great Britain, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and to those who were pioneers in developing American History. Our participants' testimonials and photos of the trips document how valuable and how much fun those trips are to them.

“I would like to thank you all for letting me travel with diverse children…” - Marquez

“This is for you, thank you…” - Murkil

"Ms. Emma told me you gave us the money to go to Pennsylvania. Thank you very much. I had a good time. It was the first time I had been there. I learned so much. I live here in SW" - Olah M.

"I enjoyed the trip. Thank you. We made hats that had your name on it. I had heard of the Liberty Bell but had never seen it. I want to go back again." - Jaleyn S.

"The best part of the trip was to the place where they had all of the statutes of the people who signed the Constitution. I also took the Oath of Office for the President. I also signed the Constitution. It was so much fun to stand there among all the different statutes." - Andre J.

"Thank you. We could not spend all of our money. I saved the most money. I liked the movies they showed and I liked the Liberty Bell and the place where I could shake hands and pretend I was talking to the people who signed the Constitution." - K'Neyiah W.

"My sister and I had a good time. It was so much fun! Thank you. I liked all the snacks we had on the way. I took the Oath of Office for the President, signed the Constitution, voted, and talked with all the people signed the Constittion. There were so many people from Virigina who signed. I learned so much. Thank you for giving us the money to go." - Keloni 

"As chaperones we were honored to attend this historical trip. We led the scholars on a journey through America’s most historic square mile- the birthplace of our nation. It was a privilege to be a part of this experience and look forward to working together again with Emmaus Learning Center." - Richard & Angela Asare

 

2014 Trips to National Archives and Philadelphia

Each of the children who participated as well as the chaperones want to share with you their words of gratitude and thanks for sending us on a trip.

"Thanks for letting me participate on this field trip. I really enjoyed it and I learned where the Liberty Bell is located. I saw the crack in the bell.” Oenise L.

'Thank you for helping me to come on this trip. I learned that so many people signed the Declaration of Independence. Many of them did different things: Scientist, doctor and there were so many who were lawyers. I learned that Samuel Adams and J had the same birthday." Lauren J.

"I learned that Carter Braxton from Virginia who signed the Declaration of Independence had 18 children. Thank you very much for the trip." Samantha T.

"Thank you. I learned so much! I liked riding and looking out the window. 1 liked the headband bow that I bought. Thanks tor the souvenir money. I liked the food. I saw so many people standing in this one room." (That was Statutory HsM) Jayh-1

"Thank you for the trip. I saved some of the money you gave me for food. This was the second time I went on the trip. ! saw two movies about the old days. It was fun! I learned how signs can help you get where you want to go. I signed I saw a big signature - John-Herresek." Hase! E.

"Thank you for the trip. I learned how we got our independence on July 4,1776 and the celebration of the fourth of July 4 has more meaning to me now." Delonte M.

"I had a good time on the trip. I learned that the people had to fight to get our freedom from another country. They were in danger. Thank you for letting me go." Taylor J.

"I had a good time. I met a friend on the trip. I liked going to the gift shop. My bow is so pretty. I want to go again. Thank you." CamilleJ.

"I had fun at the Archives. This was my first trip. I was the leader and had to help others find how to get around. I finally know now how Michael Jackson was able to lean. He had some special shoes and I saw them at the Archives. Thank you." DeMarco W.

"I liked riding in the van. I liked it when we stopped and ate food outside on the benches. This was the first time I had been to Philadelphia. I want to go again. Thank you." Eden W.

"I went last year and this time was even more fun. I was selected as one of the two leaders for the other students. That was fun. I learned so much about road signs. I was able to tell the names of the States that we had to go through to get to Philadelphia. This time, I saved more money from my lunch money than anybody. The first time I went on the trip, I only saved one penny out of $10.00. This time I saved $5.00.  Savion T    

 

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