By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
---- — Roseanna Lawson, Benjamin Rush Middle School student, has the opportunity to travel to seven countries in 20 days, but she needs your help.
Lawson has been accepted as a People to People Student Ambassador to tour Europe in the summer of 2014. She will travel with a delegation of students her age and led by experienced teachers. The journey will take the students to historical sites, landmarks and will allow them to experience the unique culture of each country. Lawson and her group will have the opportunity to meet a member of the parliament.
Lawson will travel through England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
For 50 years, People to People Ambassador Programs has provided educational travel for students across the globe. With more than 20,000 Ambassadors traveling annually, People to People Ambassador Programs continues to play a significant role in increasing global awareness. As one of the world’s most recognized and respected educational travel providers, People to People Ambassador Programs travels both students and professionals around the globe. People to People was originally established in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, charged with the mission of personal diplomacy and building peace through understanding. In 1961, the nonprofit People to People International joined forces with Ambassador Groups Inc., a specialized group of travel and educational service providers who would develop and deliver extraordinary programs. A year later, the first People to People Ambassador program launched.
The program is very expensive and Lawson is asking for help to raise money. She has been babysitting and shoveling snow, but is still short of her goal. She reaching out to the community by asking for donations or would love to work in exchange for support.
Contributions may be deposited at any Citizen’s State Bank. For a tax deductible payment they can be made to People to People tax I.D. number 10198011. The address is available on the website, www.peopletopeople.com.
Donations can be mailed to 605 Kovacs Dr. New Castle, IN 47362.