January 18, 2014

Off to DC...

This Tuesday, around 90 students and adults from Trinity High School will be heading down to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.  I believe this is the 9th straight year we have sent a delegation to the march.  I added an extra day to the trip this year so we could spend sometime in Washington as the kids usually only get about 2-3 hours to sight see and get something to eat before we head back.

We will leave Trinity on Tuesday at 9:30am and drive straight through to our host schools, Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD (for the girls) and DeMatha Catholic High School in neighboring Hyattsville, MD (for the boys).  We traditionally have pizza when we arrive and the boys burn off their energy by playing basketball (not sure what the girls do!).  We are up early the next day and off to the Youth Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center in downtown DC.  This, I think, is the highlight of the trip.  The place is packed with teenagers and college students, the music is great, there is a lot of energy, and the homily is always uplifting and inspiring.  Following this, we walk down to the Mall to wait for the march to begin.  We then walk up Constitution Ave. with 500,000 of our friends and break off at the Capitol.

We will give the kids a few hours to eat and walk around and then head back to the schools for the night.  This will be the first year we're staying a second night and I am very excited.  We added an extra day last year but we stayed in New Jersey and spent the next day in New York City.  On Thursday we will up early again and off to spend the day touring Washington in groups.  I am excited because while this will be my fifth time on the March for Life with Trinity, I haven't been able to see much of Washington during those times.  We will head back to Manchester around 2pm and hopefully arrive back around midnight.

I will be blogging from the trip so do stay tuned.

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