Is your 7th or 8th grader listless, apathetic, slothful, diffident? Or even a bit lazy on occasion? It’s not your fault! Blame Fairfax County! Arlington is almost as bad: The suburban lifestyle is sapping the native vim of our children! They need Mr. Kelley’s Urban Experience™. Arriving in downtown DC at the bustling lunch hour, each of us will order a hardy meal from any of eight ethnic food trucks. We’ll enjoy our fare al fresco, admiring the chi-chi shops that surround us. Will sleek, two-level Metro Center greet us with its cheery gaggle of tourists and harried bunch of lobbyists? Of course! Time permitting, there’ll be the world’s longest outdoor escalator—so they say—and St. Matthew’s Cathedral with its gorgeous Italian marble. We’ll certainly visit exotic Chinatown and gaze on the sad townhouse where the assassin Booth hatched his plot. Soon we’ll be prowling about the Spy Museum, aghast at the treachery of some and the heroism of others. This is not your typical out-of-towner tour of Washington, but a look at DC through the eyes of a Master of City Planning. What is Mr. Kelley’s Urban Experience™ worth? In monetary terms: fares, lunch, Spy Museum—not cheap—snack. In terms of awakening our addled young country-folk to the bracing reality of an urbanizing world, Mr. Kelley’s Urban Experience™ is priceless.
Date: A work-day (the Experience is Urban) chosen by mutual agreement.
Cost: $150 per student
Number of Students: 1 SPOT OPEN. INQUIRE IN SCHOOL OFFICE!
Dress: There’ll be a lot of walking.
Pick-up and drop-off points: Chosen by mutual agreement. A good arrangement would be to leave from school on a half-day in the spring or fall.
Duration: Five hours.
NOTE: This event is open to 7th and 8th graders.
Daniel Q. Kelley
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