Our North Cobb Christian School 7th graders are spending Fall Term in Savannah, Georgia, exploring the rich history of this significant Southern city. As a private Christian school, we are dedicated to providing our students with many enrichment opportunities to grow academically, personally, and spiritually. Fall Term is a key component of this mission in our Middle School. Students have the opportunity to go on a trip that is designed to expand their knowledge, perceptions and influence over the world around them.
Savannah, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Our second full day started at the First African Baptist Church in downtown Savannah. The church representative told us that the church was established in 1777 and is the oldest continuous African American church in North America. The founding members were slaves who gave their life savings (money that they were saving to purchase their freedom) to buy the church property. To build the church, it took them four years of working every night to add brick to all sides of the church. These founding members knew the Lord would use this church in mighty ways. The representative also told us that the church served as an Underground Railroad safe house. Three of our students had an amazing opportunity to play the beautiful 1912 Stein piano that is in the sanctuary of the church. The piano is one of only four of its kind in the world. The First African American Baptist Church is a vital part of Savannah history and plays an integral role in the life of the city today.
We then ventured out to Oatland Wildlife Center, where we had animal encounters with a baby alligator, a gopher tortoise, a river rat snake, a baby opossum, and a barred owl!
We had lunch on a riverboat cruise, enjoying the views down the Savannah River from the boat. From there, we drove out to Tybee Island Beach, where we met Dr. Joe, a seasoned professor of marine sciences. Students explored the tidepools by the jetties, catching hermit crabs, ghost shrimp, and blue crabs.
After a full day, we went back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner downtown at Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons Restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the all-you-can-eat buffet of fried chicken, pork chops, lima beans, green beans, macaroni & cheese, and corn casserole! Delicious desserts of banana pudding and peach cobbler rounded out this memorable meal. We definitely feel like we've experienced the culinary culture of the South, now!
The night ended as last night did - with worship and an encouragement to hide God’s Word in our hearts.
Tomorrow, our third and final day, we’ll be taking a trolley ride through downtown Savannah and visiting the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum and Gift Shop. From there, we’ll eat lunch and head back home with fond memories of Savannah sights and sweet friendships.
We are truly blessed to be able to step outside the classroom and encounter new things together as a 7th Grade class. #WeAreNCCS
Savannah | Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Blog written by Lisa Willett, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Day one started very early this morning, as we loaded the coach bus and made the trek southward to Savannah, amidst shared laughter, talking, and movies. When we arrived, the students were excited to see the different sights in Savannah and to learn the rich history of our home state.
Our first stop was beautiful Forsyth Park. After being on the bus most of the morning, it was wonderful to enjoy the open green area, playing catch and running around to burn off lots of pent up energy. We then had a catered bag lunch before heading to Fort Jackson on the Savannah River. We were met by two Civil War re-enactors who showed us how life was in the 1860s, from signal flags and uniforms to medicine and weaponry. Students marveled at the full boom of the cannons and marched in line as new soldier recruits.
After Fort Jackson, we headed to River Street, where we had time to browse the shops along the river. As you can likely guess, candy and ice cream shops were a big hit, as well as the souvenir market shops. We enjoyed dinner at Golden Corral.
To end the day, we gathered together at the hotel and were led in worship songs by Mr. Childers and a few of our own 7th grade girls. What a special time!
We’re excited to see what tomorrow holds for us, from visiting First African Baptist Church, exploring the beach with a genuine marine scientist, going to a riverboat cruise, and filling our bellies at Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons restaurant!