By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Beginning on June 13, Dalton Lee will get to experience a trip that most only dream of. The organization People-to-People has invited Dalton to join them in the summer of 2011 to travel to Japan.
Her trip will last two weeks and she will travel all through Japan. The group will hike on Mt. Fuji, visit Hiroshima and Tokyo and many other exciting places. Dalton said, “I want to learn about the culture, and I am really excited about hiking Mt. Fuji.
There were 37 students chosen throughout the entire state, and Dalton is the only student chosen from Madison for this trip. For one Saturday each month, until her trip, Dalton travels to Tallahassee to take a class teaching the students about the Japanese culture. In her upcoming classes, they are teaching the students how to use chopsticks and bowing instead of shaking hands.
Dalton explained, “They don’t touch over there. You have your own little bubble.”
They have also studied the Japanese culture and learned some of the Japanese language. Dalton stated, “I am only nervous about being away from Mom and Dad for the first time. Other than that, I am not really nervous…I don’t mind flying.”
Dalton is in the ninth grade at Madison County High School. She has a 3.8 GPA and is active in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She is also active in the Pinetta Baptist youth group and is a member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. Her parents are Davis and Tamera Lee.
People-to-People was organized in 1956 by President Eisenhower. The group was designed to exchange American students all over the world to show that if students can get along, then countries and governments should be able to interact and get along as well.
Dalton’s trip will last two weeks. The cost of the trip is $8,000, without spending money, clothes, luggage or supplies. So far, she has raised $7,500, but she expects to need at least another $2,000.
Her family has had many fundraisers to raise money for Dalton. They have been taking, and are still taking orders for cakes. They estimate that they have made nearly 200 cakes.
Dalton shared, “My mom, dad, grandma and ladies at the church have helped. Dad helps put the frosting on them.”
They are also taking orders for Boston Butts until March 11.
The Boston butts are $25 each and the orders will be delivered on March 12. If you are interested in ordering a Boston butt call (850) 929-2465 and leave a message.
Donations can also be made directly to Dalton by mailing your donation to 982 NE Pineapple Street, Pinetta, FL 32350.
Dalton would like to extend her deepest appreciation to anyone who would like to help support her trip. She would also like to thank everyone who has helped her so far.