A Long History of Washington D.C. Learning Trips

Jr. High History Teacher John Hubbell has been taking groups of 8th-grade students to Washington D.C. every year for three decades. Each group was moved to emotion as they laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They toured historical places that most had only seen in books, saw government in action, passed presidential motorcades and sometimes met or passed by famous dignitaries like Jack Kemp, Dave Reichert, Newt Gingrich, Steve Largent and Sony Bono.

Over the years, Hubbell witnessed many changes. Tremendous improvements were made in the visitor centers at Mount Vernon, Monticello and Gettysburg, and several new museums opened. The most notable change in the trip happened after 9/11. “Security clamped down really tight after that and there were long lines to get into many areas,” he reflected.

This year’s highlights included touring the new Bible Museum, which opened this year, and visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial as a crowd gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

“I wish we would have had more time at the Bible Museum,” said Mr. Hubbell. “It was very interactive with media, holographs and 3rd person interpreters as we traveled room to room. There was even a fly over ride that toured Washington D.C. showing us the many places where inscriptions related to God and the Bible are found on buildings, monuments, etc.”

Anabel Chacon, a student who went on this year’s trip, said, “Being able to see what you’re studying in real life helps so much with the learning process. We packed a lot of really cool things into one week; that hands-on experience really brought history to life!”

After 34 years of teaching at King’s, Mr. Hubbell will be retiring this year with many great memories. Fellow Jr. High Teacher Jeff Wright, who has been joining Mr. Hubbell on the D.C. trips for 22 years wrote, “What a joy it has been to have fellowshipped with a man of such Integrity for all of these years. I am a better servant of our Lord and Savior because of the many things I have learned on our excursions and adventures together. There will be a real void in my life without my buddy John Hubbell (“Cisco”) to share these adventures with not only in DC, but in everyday life here at Kings. From your Forever Friend and side kick “Poncho!” Our entire King’s community will miss Mr. Hubbell! We wish him the very best as he moves on to new adventures.

Mr. Wright (left) and Mr. Hubbell (right) in D.C. 2018

Just for fun – can you spot Mr. Wright and Mr. Hubbell in the photo below? Notice anything unusual?