Volume 14 No. 1

Fall, 1999

Government Classes Visit the Capitol
by Safiyo Khalid
On a sunny day in October we went on a trip to Capitol Hill to see the U.S. Congress. We were very excited looking forward to this trip. We met at the cafeteria at 7:20 a.m. and the students got with their chaperons and teachers. The teachers in charge of this trip were Mr. West, Ms. Dimmick, Ms. Bohórquez, and Mr. Bellino.
There were supposed to be five buses, but only three came at first. A lot of students had to wait until after 9:00 a.m. for their buses.
But my group left earlier and arrived at the Capitol at 9:00 a.m. We saw a beautiful white building there with a lot of security. Our chaperon took us through the busy street to the House of Representatives.
We saw they were making a law. I expected to see arguing and high voices like we see in the movies but non of this happened. They were discussing quietly.
We stayed in the House of Representatives for almost 15 minutes and then some groups went to the Senate and some went to committee rooms.
We went to a House of Representatives committee room. They were talking about child safety. At 11:00 it was lunch time. We went to a big cafeteria and had lunch. Other groups brought their lunches and ate on the grass in front of the Capitol. Some students had a chance to take pictures during the break.
At 12:30 it was time to go back to school. We had a lot of fun and learned things that we didn’t know before.


Copyright Silver International 1999.