Gardnerville girl selected for People to People
Natalie Baker of Gardnerville will be spending three weeks this summer touring England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales as a student ambassador.
She was selected for the program after a screening process, but originally was nominated by teachers at her school, Pau-Wa-Lu-Middle School, where she is a 9th grader.
Natalie says she is extremely excited about the program, which will have her meeting with members of Parliament to talk about the differences in government between that of Great Britain and of the U.S., staying with families and having open discussions with people in the communities where she will be staying.
She is the only Carson Valley student to go along with the Reno delegation of the People to People, Student Ambassador Program, which is celebrating four decades of international exchange.
In her letter of acceptance, People to People Program Director Jack Vines told Natalie that high standards are required for selection and the acceptance reflects confidence in her ability to “contribute to the success of the delegation and meet the challenge of serving as a representative of your country, your community and your school.”
The program was created in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower to promote world peace and international understanding through direct contact between private citizens.
Students are encouraged to study about the countries they will visit beforehand. In addition, they attend several two-hour orientation meetings and learn about the role of student ambassadors, home-stays, travel procedures and other important information regarding their trip.
Students may earn credit for high school or university for their participation.
Natalie is the daughter of Theresa Frega. She must pay for her expenses in the program, and her mother hopes to, through various events and contributions, raise about $2,500.
They plan to hold car washes and a garage sale and perhaps a dance, Frega said. A bank account has been set up at Bank of America, and the account number is 290069782. For more information, call Frega at 265-7455.