BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s eighth-grade trip to Gettysburg will be one for the memory books.

The students packed their bags and headed three hours west on June 4 to the historic town, known for the battlefield that marked the turning point in the Civil War. They also got to visit other nearby landmark locations in their travels.

“We toured Valley Forge, Amish country and Gettysburg,” said Stephanie Travers, one of the teachers who accompanied the students on the trip. “The students loved hearing the history behind these places, and experiencing something different than the life they are used to.”

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The overnight trip also meant time having fun with classmates when they weren’t on the road.  “They had a great time staying at the hotel, as well as all of the meals we had during the trip,” Travers said.

At the beginning of the school year, the eighth-grade class had its choice of traveling to Washington, D.C. — as the previous year’s class had — or Gettysburg. The students decided to be the first class in the school’s history to take the trek to the place that played such an integral role in shaping the nation.

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