Rushville Republican

March 14, 2014

Gray excited about Ambassador program and trip

By Kate Thurston
Rushville Republican

---- — Shanda Gray, a seventh grader at Benjamin Rush Middle School, wants to experience a chance of a lifetime. In order to make her dream come true, Gray needs help from her community.

The People to People Student Ambassador Program is a travel service based in Spokane, Wash., offering domestic and international travel opportunities to middle and high school students.

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.

During the trips, students attend various outdoor and educational activities. They learn about different cultures other than their own.

“By May 1, I have to raise $7,000 for the trip,” Gray said. She in nearly half-way there.

Gray was nominated by a teacher at Mays Elementary for the trip.

“I got a letter in the mail and learned about the trip. My interest was sparked when I learned that I would be going to visit different countries other than the U.S. I will learn cultures first hand and get to visit part of our past as a country. I also will get to meet another family and stay with them to learn their culture,” Gray said.

Gray will travel to Europe, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria. She will leave June 17 and return July 6 with a group from Bloomington.

In her future, Gray hopes to attend Purdue University and become a veterinarian for wild animals.

So far, Gray has sent letters to local businesses and has done a fundraiser selling candles. Her family has also donated to her trip.

Donations can be made to Shanda Gray, 3692 N 350 E, Rushville, IN 46173.

Contact: Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222, ext. 105