On Friday, Feb. 27, the Newseum hosted its first Loud and Proud program with a group of 32 8th grade students from Sto-Rox Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pa. The students and their teachers spent the afternoon touring the museum and later met with the Loud and Proud event team. They were encouraged to use inspiration from Newseum exhibits to decorate custom backpacks and water bottles in ways that celebrate what free expression means to them.
The Loud and Proud program, developed by the Newseum’s education team, was created in an effort to personalize the First Amendment for students. The group was part of the inaugural Rite of Passage Field Trip, a three-day excursion to the nation’s capital to experience the city’s stirring sites and attractions. The itinerary was developed by the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Foundation that focuses on changing young lives through travel.