The C.S.I. Access cluster had a great trip in Boston this past weekend.

Everyone got off on the right foot on the first day. The first day could be highlighted by visits to the M.F.A (Museum of Fine Arts), and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  All the kids seemed to leave the museums knowing a lot more about the works of art and their composition.  The Gardner museum was amazing to see and definitely raised a lot of questions for all the kids. Just so many simple details made the museum so much more interesting than your average museum.  Walking from section to section made you feel like you were living in different centuries.  Museums are placed as buildings with a lot of pictures on the wall.  But the thing that made the Gardner museum so much more interesting for the kids is that it’s hardly a museum.  I’d consider it as a beautiful house with a courtyard and four stories.  I know for a fact that no other museum has made a group of kids as interested as the Gardner museum made the C.S.I cluster. 

But if you were to take a vote on the student’s favorite part of the day almost all of them would say, watching “Shear Madness.”  It was entertaining to every single audience member. Every kid was excited to choose who the killer was. Kids were laughing the whole time, and it seemed to be the best choice for the C.S.I cluster. Only a nice meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, and a great night sleep at the famous Omni Parker Hotel could cap a great first day.

The next morning’s breakfast at the hotel might have been the favorite part of the trip.  Every student went for seconds at the hotel buffet.  The highlight of the day was definitely the scavenger hunt.  Everybody got a great tour of Boston while searching all over.  All the kids got a great walk and enjoyed working together as a team. 

After the scavenger hunt, the cluster went to Quincy Market to get lunch.  All the students loved the free time to shop and be with their buddies. The cluster listened to Mo Walsh, an author who wrote “Lucky Strike.”  We thank her for bringing up excellent points about her story and answering the kids’s questions about the processing of writing a mystery novel.  Later that night, the kids went on a ghost tour.  It was really interesting and was a great time to have everyone hang out together.  The stories were great and got many kids scared before bed-time.

It was sad for everyone on the last day to be packing their bags in the morning.  But another great breakfast was something to look forward to.  We listened to another guest speaker, Mr. Anthony Amore, who is the head of security at the Gardner museum.  He spoke about the biggest art theft that occurred at the museum 25 years ago. He also had great points that made a lot of kids bring up great questions and learn a lot about the details of the theft. 

The last activity was to watch the recently opened movie, “Pixels.”  The movie was a good way to wrap up a great trip. 

Overall the Boston trip was great for all the kids who met other students also in the cluster, and found many similarities in each other.  It brought everyone closer, and now we all look forward to the last two weeks of Summer School.