The eighth grade took their highly anticipated Boston trip last week. They got to see many of the places that they have studied in American History and English classes. It is always exciting for students to get the opportunity to be in the actual place they have been reading about. American History came alive when they visited the site of the Boston Massacre, Walden Pond, Salem and more. While in Boston, students hiked along the Freedom Trail, touring the home of Paul Revere and visiting Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. Along the way, they visited the Edgar Allan Poe statue and rode the ducks at the "Make Way for Ducklings" statue in the Boston Public Garden.

Earlier this year, members of the National Art Honor Society who are particularly skilled with clay met with Sergeant Pecora of the Tampa Police Department. Pecora was working with the Tampa Police Department's District 1 to create a memorial garden for Tampa's first fallen female officer Lois Marrero. Students me with Sergeant Pecora, as well as Officer Marrero's sister, to find out what she loved about her job and the city of Tampa. After meeting with these important members of Officer Pecora's life, students went to work to create beautiful tiles that would decorate a planter that would become the centerpiece of the Officer Lois Marrero Memorial Garden at the Tampa Police Department District 1 office.