EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison were fortunate to enjoy an abbreviated three-day trip to Washington D.C. in early March prior to Spring Break. The students, chaperoned by Esther Faus, Noreen Jafri, Mike Romeo and Sharon Byrne, completed a busy itinerary to maximize their short stay in the nation’s capital.

The students completed many of the most important curricular and cultural components of the trip, including: a tour of Ford's Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and the Petersen House, where he died, a guided tour of the Capitol Building and Congressional offices a visit to the Supreme Court, an examination of historical documents and artifacts at Library of Congress, explorations at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, a guided tour of the Pentagon, visits to the Lincoln, Jefferson and Martin Luther King memorials and International Spy Museum, and a docent-led "Struggle for Justice" tour of the National Portrait Gallery.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.