Washington D.C. Here We Come!

A group of 6th grade students from Briarfield Academy in Lake Providence, Louisiana will travel to our nation's capitol, Washington D.C. on May 6th, 2009. They will be accompanied by their teacher and several chaperones. They are very excited to travel to the capitol city after following the election process during the school year. We hope you enjoy learning about their experience in the months leading up to their trip and on the trip itself.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

First Full Day

Greetings from the slightly psychotic 6th grade teacher. I am proud to report that at the end of a very long day, we are all still alive and no one is lost. And no one has been to the ER yet!! We started our day with an exciting Metro ride. Cherie got half on and half off, but other than that, no close calls. It was a little frightening for some but in the end, they loved it. First stop was to Senator David Vitter's office. As you can see from the photos, our children were very attentive and respectful of his office. They asked a few questions and took an official Senate photograph with him. On our way to the Capitol, Jacob and Street gave us a quick lesson on the Supreme Court. Next we detoured through the Library of Congress. It was a beautiful building. We then made our way to the front steps of the Capitol building. Today is the National Day of Prayer and as you may have seen on the news, there has been 24 hour scripture reading on the Capitol steps. After listening to one of the members of Congress read, one of our own, Nolan Parker, was allowed to read from the Bible for about 10 minutes. How exciting it was to see him do this and what an impact on our students to see this take place. From there we grabbed lunch and took a nice break. At 1:30 we entered the Capitol for our tour. We were even allowed to sit in the Senate gallery. Ask Andy Brister what happens when you fall asleep during a session!! The Capitol tour was very interesting while learning some interesting facts. Did you know the white circle in the center of the rotunda is the center of Washington, DC and that every street goes forth from there? Also, one side of the room has one zip code while the other side is a different one. There is also a tomb for George Washington in the Capitol but he is not in it. Moving on from there, we toured the Botanical Gardens and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We had supper there and headed home on the Metro. We stopped along the way for doughnuts, sushi and ice cream!! All in all it has been an incredibly amazing day. Rule for tomorrow, you must wear tennis shoes!! Kids are swimming, adults relaxing...did I say relaxing? more like counting the minutes for lights out!! Talk to you tomorrow!


  1. Mimi and Poppy Reis are so happy you all are having a good time. We know you will have lots of interesting stories and facts to tell us. We are enjoying experiencing the trip with all of you. Hope you have a great day tomorrow!

  2. Kim Dennis5/07/2009

    Amy i'm so glad you are keeping us posted it is so exciting to keep up with you guys! You have taken some great pics! Give Wyatt a hug for me!

  3. Larry Vickery, Jr.5/07/2009

    Awesome pics, and the kids look like they are having a ball. Thanks for the keeping everyone up to date with this blog. Keep having fun.
    Logan, I love you and miss you, but I am glad you are enjoying yourself. Get some rest and will talk to you in the morning.

  4. Madison styron5/07/2009

    YO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i miss yall and i wish i was there but its fun in baton rouge !!!!!!!!!!!! me and my sister(missy holt) went shoppin today at rue 21,aroepostle ,abecrompie, and wetseal and we got home at 9:45 pm and tomorrow( 2 r's mrs tisha) im goin to work for my sister at direct buy yay? maybe ill make some money but ofcourse i'll blow it! mrs tisha y didnt we take r typing test ? oh well !!! yall have fun and keep me posted well im bushed ! i NEED sleep !!! ps 6TH GRADE RULEZZZZ even if im just reading about it on a blog ...... bbyyee

  5. Brandy Teague5/08/2009

    It looks like ya'll are having fun!!!! I hope ya'll have a great day today.... again I can't wait for the update tonight. I love you Courtney!!!!!

  6. we love you all
    you look like you are having lots of fun
    thanks to our bloggers i dont know what i
    would do without the updates
    have fun dont forget to take lots of pictures
    for those of us still here in
    the big L.P. :)
    love ya logan

  7. Amy and Tim Braswell5/08/2009

    I am so thrilled you all are having a great time. I can't wait for you to get home and tell me about your experience in each of these pictures. Your daddy and I love you and miss you very much. Have fun and I can't wait to see what's next...

  8. Madison Styron5/08/2009

    ugh im tired its 10:25 am !!!!!!!! yall have fun

  9. Madison Styron5/08/2009

    i looked dc up and there a dance party at the rock and role hotel lol

  10. Aunt Lisa & Uncle Jimmie5/08/2009

    Hey DC Crew! Just wanted you to know that we're keeping up with you. Looks like a PARTY! So glad you are having a GREAT time. Katy wants to know where's CourtCourt? Tyler Webb don't be harassing any waitresses, ha just couldn't resist. You know I love ya. We love you Courtney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Mimi & Pawpaw5/08/2009

    Hey Courtney. Looks like ya'll are having a great time in DC. I'm going to get my nails done tomorrow, I'll miss you being with me, but i think you are probably having a better time there. Can't wait for you to come home and tell me the details about all the pics on here. Me and pawpaw love you. See you soon.