August 31, 2023
New York City is not just a place; it’s an experience. It teaches us about diversity, culture, and the endless possibilities that lie within each individual. To provide a glimpse into the heart of this metropolis, instilling in the students a sense of wonder, BASIS Independent Fremont sent 5th and 6th graders on a trip of a lifetime.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
Our day began with a ferry ride to the storied Ellis Island, a gateway to the dreams and aspirations of millions of immigrants seeking a new life in America. As we set foot on this historic island, we couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and reverence. Our students embraced the opportunity to step into the shoes of those who paved the way for our diverse nation.
Next, we set sail towards the radiant Lady Liberty herself, standing tall as a symbol of freedom and enlightenment. The sight of her majestic figure against the backdrop of the New York City skyline left our students breathless. We marveled at the intricacy of her design and the power of her message.
Madison Square Garden
Our day began with a visit to the iconic Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena! The excitement was palpable as we stepped into this legendary sports and entertainment venue. We embarked on a behind-the-scenes tour led by knowledgeable guides who shared fascinating facts about the Garden’s rich history. From the breathtaking sports moments to legendary concerts, our students were transported through time, feeling the energy that has permeated this iconic space. We even had the chance to stand on the hallowed ground where basketball, hockey, and music legends have left their mark.
We then headed towards the sunny shores of Coney Island. As we arrived, the students were greeted by delicious treats and colorful rides stretching as far as the eye could see. The Ferris wheel offered breathtaking views of the ocean and the vibrant hustle and bustle of the boardwalk. We savored iconic Coney Island foods like hot dogs and cotton candy, creating memories that will stay with us for a lifetime.
Rockefeller Center: Where Dreams Take Center Stage
Next on our itinerary was the iconic Rockefeller Center, which was brimming with excitement and energy. The kids were captivated by the golden statue of Prometheus and the famous skating rink. We marveled at the impressive art installations that dot the area. In the evening, after dinner, the view from the Top of the Rock observation deck left us all breathless, with panoramic vistas of the sprawling city below.
Fifth Avenue: A Shopper’s Paradise
The glamorous Fifth Avenue is known as a shopper’s paradise. The kids’ eyes widened as we strolled past flagship stores, such as FAO Schwarz, LEGO, and Nintendo. We also admired the elegant architecture and stunning window displays that adorned the street. Central Park, with its lush greenery, served as a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
As the trip drew to a close, we couldn’t help but reflect on the magical moments we experienced together. Our adventure through The Big Apple was not just about sightseeing; it was a journey of discovery, learning, and inspiration. The children gained a deeper appreciation not only for the vibrant city they were exploring but for the large world that remains to be discovered.
BASIS Independent Fremont is a grades TK-12 private school based in Fremont, California, providing students with an internationally benchmarked liberal arts and sciences curriculum.