The talented and gifted students from Washington District Elementary School followed up on their studies of writing and history by traveling to Fredericksburg for a trolley tour of historic downtown Fredericksburg. Later in the day, they toured the Free Lance Star and radio station WFLS.
While on tour, the students learned many interesting facts about the many battles that were fought in and around Fredericksburg. One of the highlights of the tour was seeing real cannonballs lodged into the sides of buildings in downtown Fredericksburg. They also learned how Spotsylvania earned its name and what an apothecary shop was. The meaning of Old Plank road came to life as the tour guide explained how planks were used on the roads during this period of time. And of course, the myths of George Washington and his coin throwing and chopping down the cherry tree were unraveled.
After lunch at Old Mill Park, the group converged on the Free Lance Star. As they traveled around the different newsroom areas within the building, the students asked many pertinent questions about how the newspaper was made and how stories and pictures that were printed came to fruition. One of the big concerns of the day was how much education was necessary to secure many of the jobs involved in the newspaper business. Many of the budding artists and talented writers seemed interested in pursuing a career in this field.
For some of the students, the best part of the trip was recording their own “This is Washington District and we are awesome” message in the radio station that was played on air later in the day.