Vista Christian School Students Tour Washington, D.C.

Front Row: From left to right: Shalaja Johnson, Gary Hudson, Eziah Tagle-Napitan, Angelina Aguirre-Diaz, and Marisol Contreras; Back Row: Chyall Lewis, Boris Portillo, Tatiana Pinkston, Principal Adrienne Reynolds, Jasmine Brooks, Na’Tasia Bradshaw, and Karier Bryant. Photo by Joe L. Fisher.

By Kia Croom For the last 20 years, Vista Christian School has been taking students in grades 6-8 to tour historic sites on the East Coast as part of the school’s efforts to expose young people  to the federal government at work. Vista Christian School’s principal Adrienne Reynolds describes the tour, in which students visited the District of Columbia and New York, as a once in a lifetime trip. “We had a chance to view the newly erected Monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We had a tour of Howard University led by Vista Christian School alumnus Jazmine Garland. Our five-day tour that culminated in New York took us to Ground Zero, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. The students also went to Broadway show “Wicked,” she said. “Students are learning about government, civics and the founding of the country – they are gaining the opportunity to see our government at work in our Nation’s Capital,” she said. Other trip highlights included a visit to the Smithsonian Museum and many monuments. Principal Reynolds presented a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Wall in memory of U.S. veterans. Among the students who participated in the trip were Karier Bryant, who recommends the tour to other students. “It gives you a sense of independence, and it taught me lots of historical facts about Washington D.C. and New York.” Shalaja Johnson, who also participated in the tour, enjoyed visiting the Capitol, the Pentagon and the Statue of Liberty. Vista Christian School instructs K-8 students, focusing on biblical disciplines, academic excellence and activities in a culturally rich environment using the well-known A Beka curriculum. For information about Vista Christian School visit or call (510) 237-4981.
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