Experiencing the U.S. Capitol and Sites in Pennsylvania Through the Eyes and Ears of Faithful Eighth Graders at Heights Christian Schools
HCS Marketing Team

Imagine this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime travel itinerary.  A memorable visit to The White House. A walk through the U.S. Capitol building. A drive to beautiful Mt. Vernon.  Seeing the fascinating collections at the Smithsonian Institution. A faith-fulfilling tour of the Museum of the Bible.  Stops at the Pentagon, U.S . Holocaust Museum, Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, U.S. Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Plus the rare opportunity to lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. And a visit to Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

All were experienced recently by eighth grade students from Heights Christian Schools (HCS), our 41-year-old private school system serving infancy through eighth grade, who have recently returned from this epic trip. 

It was summed up best in the words of eighth graders:

“On my trip to the East Coast, It became very apparent to me that our country was made by God. Our founding fathers used His word to write the very principles that it was founded on. There are quotes from scripture all over. Washington DC, with its fantastic monuments, points to our creator. He is always working, even if He’s behind the scenes. One of the best experiences that I had was going to the Sight and Sound Theater. While there, we watched a production of Moses. It was one of the most impressive, amazing musicals I've ever seen.”

“In Philadelphia, I tried my first Philly cheesesteak, and I was not disappointed. Amish Country was a fascinating place because the Amish rode around using horses and buggies. I must have seen a dozen when I went. The World War Two Memorial also reached out to me, as my great grandfather served in the war. Much to my disappointment, the MLK Jr. Memorial was not lit up the night we were to visit it, and we walked right past it. Despite missing MLK, my East Coast trip was a truly spectacular experience.”

“Washington DC was a fun and memorable experience for me and many others. From seeing historical places to eating lunch with friends, everyone has good memories from this trip. With God's hand in our history we could see how He helped shape our country and how we can learn more from it. Whether a student was praying at a meal or talking to their friends on the bus, we all made lasting memories.”

HCS Human Resources Director Holly Lombardo said, “At Heights, we want to enhance the learning  process by having our students participate in field trips that offer them the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations.  By visiting museums, historical sites, and other educational destinations, students gain a deeper understanding of important events and concepts that relate to their faith.”

What a thrilling trip indeed.


Heights Christian Schools has developed a vision of serving the community by offering private education that is affordable to as much of the populace as possible. Partnering with parents since 1981, our schools provide a small campus feel where students are known by name and embraced as individuals, with the support, resources, and collaboration of a large, well-established school system. Heights Christian Schools provides a secure and nurturing educational environment for children, 6-weeks old through 8th grade. Our schools are known for the quality of student life, the strength of their academic programs, a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, and tremendous support from parents and families. Heights Christian Schools seek to educate students to know Christ personally, excel academically, think biblically, and positively impact their community for Christ. Currently, our schools serve the communities in and around Brea, Chino Hills, La Habra Heights, and La Mirada. To learn more, visit us online at heightschristianschools.org or call 714-921-9070.

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