Westfield 6th Graders Rockin’ Chicago

Westfield 6th Graders Visit ChicagoMy tween is in the student council at Westfield Intermediate School, rocking Chicago with her friends this weekend. Each year, the school takes the 6th grade representatives on a short trip to Chicago. It is a fun event Westfield students plan for all year as a reward for their hard work.

To be eligible to attend, student council members must regularly attend meetings and complete a minimum of 10 volunteer hours with local charities. My daughter collected goods for the Ronald McDonald House, rang bells for the Salvation Army, and worked the concession stand at school movie nights.

So far this school year, she has 18 volunteer hours, so I think she has definitely earned the fun trip. They left Friday at 6am, on two charter buses headed to the Windy City and will return tonight around 7pm.

It’s a quick, weekend excursion, but the itinerary is packed full of everything there is to love in Chicago. On Friday, they went straight to Shedd’s Aquarium, the architecture boat tour, Willis Tower, and Navy Pier before ever checking into the hotel. Dinner was at Ed Debevic’s, and I’m sure she will return home with a her sarcasm skills a little sharper.

Westfield Rocks Chicago
They spent the majority of Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry, followed by Millennium Park (and the famous bean sculpture) and Chinatown. Dinner was, of course, Chicago pizza at Gino’s. I can’t wait to hear how she liked the gluten free version. I’ve always been a Giordano’s girl myself, so I’m interested in her thoughts on another pizzeria.

We are getting a few excited texts (so! many! exclamation points!!) and tons of photos when she gets a chance to upload them with free wifi. I love that she gets to have this experience, and I can’t wait to hear about the rest of her trip when she comes home tonight. Today is the Field Museum, Watertower, and Michigan Avenue.

I’m exhausted just thinking about her schedule. So, if you see a bunch of sleepy sixth graders at school on Monday, just let them rest. They’ve had a busy — and educational — weekend.

Chicago photo: ┬ęBrenia Sokol, used with permission