Atlanta Trip: On Thursday, March 17, 2016, RAPCS embarked on its 6th trip to Atlanta, GA for 8th graders. Our students had the opportunity to visit Historically Black Colleges/Universities and experience a truly progressive city. The following events took place during our trip:
- Thursday, March 17, 2016: Boarded AMTRAK train at approximate 3:45 PM. Travelled throughout the night, with most students sleeping for the majority of the trip. This was an unexpected, yet welcome phenomenon.
- Friday, March 18, 2016: Arrived in Atlanta, GA at approximately 8:30 AM. After time at the hotel, the group went to the Atlanta University Center. While there, we ate lunch at Morehouse College, walked the various campuses, visited the Martin Luther King Center, and visited the campus bookstores. Additionally, students had the opportunity to learn about history of Morehouse and to talk with students from the AUC.
Next, we went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violence. We visited the center
and also visited the MLK gravesite and reflection pool. Finally, dinner was provided at a local
- Saturday, March 19, 2016: Visted the CNN Center (tour), Coca-Cola tour and ended by visiting the Lenox Square Mall. The group then had a traditional soul food dinner at Mary Mac’s Tea Room
- Sunday, March 20, 2016: The group spent the entire day at Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park. After the park, pizza was served at the hotel and the evening finished with swimming
- Monday, March 21, 2016: The group visited the Atlanta Aquarium (dolphin show), Civil Rights Museum and College Football Hall of Fame (interactive presentations). Dinner was held at a local buffet, then the group headed to the train station for an 8:00 PM departure
- Tuesday, March 22, 2016: All students and staff returned safely to Philadelphia (30th Street Station) at 12:00 PM.
Looking forward to next year, staff on the trip discussed making the trip available to a wider group of students and ensuring that academic goals/objectives were associated with the trip.