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South Central Elementary eighth grade 'walked in the steps of country heroes'

Contributed • Apr 16, 2019 at 7:02 PM

Eighth-graders from Washington County’s South Central Elementary School recently walked in the steps of American heroes while participating in the Patriots Points Naval and Maritime Museum’s camping program aboard the historic World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston (South Carolina) Harbor.

During the trip, the group became shipmates sleeping aboard the historic vessel. The group toured the Yorktown; the USS Laffey, a World War II destroyer; and The Citadel, also known as Military College of South Carolina.

The group also had the opportunity to have breakfast in the sailors’ dining hall aboard ship just as they were served to the ship’s sailors decades ago while at sea.

While on the trip the students also toured historic Charleston, the Charleston Tea Plantation and the Edisto Nature Center, a South Carolina State Park.

“This was a great opportunity for eighth-grade students to get a taste of military life and life aboard a ship from taps at 11 p.m. to reveille at 7 a.m.,” South Central Principal J.W. McKinney said. “We were also honored at The Citadel as a visitor of the Friday Cadet Parade. South Central Elementary School was announced to all the cadets, staff and observers/visitors of the event, which made the students feel very special.”

Several students said this was the best trip they had ever been on.

A release said the school is very thankful to the parents and community for helping raise and donate funds for such an amazing trip.

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