January 25, 2019
This was our last day in DC! It was a pretty sad day for us, but I think we are mostly looking forward to seeing our friends and families at home and getting back into our usual routines. The girls on Capitol Hill got to watch the the buzz surrounding the Senate’s vote on the two proposed bills to end the shutdown. Although neither bill passed, it is good that they are taking steps to end the shutdown. At thirty-four days, this is the longest government shutdown that the United States has ever had, full or partial. The Democrats’ proposal included funding the government through February 8th and no funding for the wall. The Republicans’ proposal included the $5.7 billion for the wall and reopening the government. The government shutdown has definitely added an extra layer of excitement to our trip here, despite the closure of places like the Smithsonian museums.
The girls off of Capitol Hill also had an exciting conclusion to their internships. Meg and Caroline finished off their three weeks with a video that they produced themselves at Double R Productions. Anne spent her last day (and MLK day!) at Fox 5, and Margaret and Jami had their last day of hard work with NASA in Maryland.
We had our last meal as a group right where we started at Tortilla Coast to come full circle and celebrate the end of a adventure filled three weeks in DC. After dinner, we met in Mrs. Vest’s room for our last meeting. This meeting was different than our other meetings because we organized an activity in which each person is assigned another person to compliment and express gratitude for them. This was a great bonding exercise and ended our Winterim on a great note!