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Visit to China planned



Published: Sat, October 14, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Participants are responsible for raising the money for their trip.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A three-week adventure in China is in store for the Youngstown-area delegation of the People to People Student Ambassador program for the summer of 2007.

An informational meeting will be held at Austintown Fitch High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

Most pupils are notified and invited by references from schools, civic groups and former ambassadors, bit it is open to other interested pupils .

The Student Ambassador program is celebrating 50 years. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the program in 1956 at the height of the Cold War to ease tensions and create understanding and peaceful feelings between countries and their citizens.

Each American president has served as the honorary chairman of the organization, giving their endorsement to these efforts.

Earning credit

Thousands of pupils have completed the program, with the chance to earn both high school and college credit for their efforts.

While pupils are responsible to earn their own funds, civic and educational groups often support the cause.

Pupils who are selected to participate meet monthly with their delegation leaders to gain information and take advantage of the opportunity to become friends before travel.

Last year's group of 36 pupils and four adults ventured to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Though other student groups in Northeast Ohio have had the China opportunity, this is the first time for the Youngstown area, and the trip won't be available for a number of years.

Gary Reel, local teacher and veteran leader for People To People, will lead the high school delegation and Lori Pyers-Goodwin from Amherst will lead the junior-high group. Other leaders will be added as enrollments are determined.

Any questions on the China program may be directed to Reel at (330) 533-7712.




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