Celebrating the Class of 2015…a historical trip across the water

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Class trip

This past week, the Westside School eighth grade class traveled to Bainbridge Island to visit the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Students had the opportunity to speak with various docents that were either interned at the camps or had friends that had been interned at the camps. The docents first took students through the Historical Museum and discussed important points on internment and their points of view on the situation. After this, each student was given a name tag of a Japanese American who was interned. The task was to research that person and write the most interesting thing the student learned about them on the back of the card. After learning about their particular person, the docents and students then met at the Japanese Exclusion Memorial where they walked the wall and found the name they had been given.To conclude the field trip, the docents shared stories of memories they had about the relocation or life in the camp. It was an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity for our graduates!