Valley middle school student goes to Britain in June
Shayla Bumby, a 13-year-old 8th grade student at Carson Valley Middle School, was selected to represent Nevada on a People-to-People Student Ambassador tour to the United Kingdom in June.
She will be in the group of 29 other Nevada middle school students. This tour is separate from a high school group, which is going at another time.
“We will be talking to the members of the British Parliament about Nevada’s history and government,” Shayla said. “We will be visiting and sharing our ideas on solving problems, nations and getting along.”
The students will experience other ways of life and showing other people, Shayla said, “that Americans are also good and kind people, and we can all get along even though we might be different.”
The People-to-People Student Ambassador program was started by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954. He believed that people-to-people, face-to-face meetings among citizens of all nations would help to promote world peace.
“He believed that young people should start out before hard, negative attitudes were formed,” Shayla said, “and just maybe our world would someday be filled with friends instead of enemies.”
Shayla and her family must pay for the trip and are seeking help in raising money for her expenses.
“I am babysitting, cleaning windows and houses as much as possible,” she said, “since I am too young to get a real job.”
Her family plans to hold car washes and is seeking sponsorships to raise funds, and anyone who would like to donate goods or services for raffle drawings may write Shayla Bumby at 1009 Haystack Dr., Carson City 89705.
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