On November 8, 2019, Mrs. Souaibou, Mr. Griffin, and ten eighth-grade students left Trottier Middle School in Southborough for four hours and went to three locations in Boston: the Mapparium, the Prudential Center Mall, and the Prudential Skywalk.
On November 7, most of the eighth-graders left Trottier Middle School and flew to Washington D.C. The students that didn’t go to D.C. went to Boston the next day. After an hour-long ride from Trottier Middle School, they arrived in Boston.
The most fascinating destination the eighth-graders went to in Boston was the Mapparium. It was built on June 1, 1935, to view the countries of the world accurately in relationship with other countries based upon Rand McNally political maps published in 1934. The Mapparium is inside of the Christian Science Plaza, and it is famous for its views and vast reflecting pool.
Mrs. Souaibou, a former Boston tour guide and a teacher at Trottier Middle School, said, “We want to make the experience as close to D.C. as possible. Take the mall as an example. It stuck with a lot of eight-graders in the D.C. trip, and that’s why we chose to spend time in the Prudential Center Mall. There is, of course, the history behind the locations; for example, the Mapparium was built to view the countries of the world accurately corresponding with each other.”
The eighth-graders spent an hour at the mall. During the hour they had lunch at Eataly and Dunkin Donuts. After lunch, they met up and went up to view the magnificent views of Boston from the Prudential Skywalk.
One student attending the Boston trip, said, “The Prudential Skywalk was my favorite location because it was really cool to see Boston from such a high view. You really get a sense of how huge the city actually is. Fenway Park was my favorite location to see from the Prudential Skywalk.”
Trottier Middle School hopes to continue and improve the Boston trip for those who don’t go to Washington D.C. by making it a memorable event for the eighth-graders.