PWLMS student seeks help for People to People trip |

PWLMS student seeks help for People to People trip

Staff reports

Sarah Silva, a 9th grade student at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, is one of 60 northern Nevada young people nominated to serve as student ambassadors to France and Spain this summer with the People to People program.

People to People was established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to help foster understanding between countries.

Sarah, who transferred to C. C. Meneley School in the 3rd grade after moving to the Valley from Riverside, Calif., has worked hard to overcome her learning disabilities and credits her “B” average now as a result of help from her special education teachers and her 3rd grade teacher.

She is looking forward to her trip because she hopes to learn more about the world.

“I could learn a lot of new things, how other people live in different places and what it it is like – and trying new food. I think it would be a good experience,” she said.

The students from the U.S. will have the opportunity to meet and take part in youth activities on the trip so that the youths may learn more about each other’s cultures, she said.

Sarah plans to go to college after high school and may be able to earn two or three credits for high school through the summer program.

Sarah must raise $4,840, by May 1 to cover minimum costs of the trip. A bank account has been set up at Eldorado Savings Bank, account number 43-00-4302995. The bank, according to her great-grandfather Lyle Hedrick, will stop taking donations when the amount has been reached.

She also plans to hold fund-raising events.