Pittsburgh Scholars Visit Washington, DC

On June 5 – 6, Higher Achievement joined Community Day School, an independent, co-ed Jewish day school, on a trip to Washington, DC. In preparation for the trip, both groups studied the Facing History and Ourselves curriculum, through which scholars and students learned about and reflected on in-group/out-group experiences throughout history. The groups also came together twice through “getting to know you” events, facilitated by Repair the World: Pittsburgh and then again to experience the Holocaust Survivor Dinner at Community Day School. Scholars were excited to reunite with their peers as they embarked on their grand adventure to Washington, DC .

From the National Holocaust Museum and the Museum of African-American History and Culture to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the group visited 14 monuments and museums over the span of two days, completing scavenger hunts as teams to solidify their learning. Through the heat and the miles of walking, the excitement never faded. Each new site was as interesting, if not more, than the last. Having the opportunity to share in such an awesome, immersive learning experience with new friends left a lasting impression on those in attendance.

“My favorite part of our trip was [that] we got to work together with our Community Day friends. It was really awesome that we got to see each other for 2 days!” –Taylor W.

As we know – talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Thank you to our #Bridge2DC donors, Community Day School, and Repair the World (who initially connected the two communities) for giving our scholars this awesome opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and learn with their Pittsburgh peers.

To see more pictures from our amazing trip to and through Washington, DC, please visit our Facebook page.