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Second Grade Walking Trip to Christ Church

October 11th, 2011

On Friday, October 7th, the Second Grade walked to Christ Church and Burial Ground as part of their study of historical Philadelphia.  Known as “The Nation’s Church” because of the famous Revolutionary-era leaders who worshiped there, Christ Church is a wonderful place to explore Colonial and Revolution-Era history. Those who worshiped there include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Absalom Jones, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, John Penn, and Francis Hopkinson. The burial ground, which includes the tomb of Benjamin Franklin, is an authentic historic site for learning about the lives of early Americans. Thank you to St. Peter’s parent and Christ Church Parish Administrator, Cecilia Wager, who helped plan our visit. To the amazement of the students, Ms. Wagner showed them how to move the historic chandelier (still in use since its installation in 1740) with the touch of a button! We learned about and visited the grave of Robert Morris, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution and relation to one of one of our second grade students! Each child had the opportunity to see the baptismal font from the 1300s in which William Penn was baptized, ring the church bell, and leave pennies in tribute on the grave of Benjamin Franklin. St. Peter’s students feel very fortunate to be just steps away from many of our Nation’s historic treasures!