Dalton Lee Needs Support For Europe Trip In Summer 2011Mar 31st, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Community News
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A previous version of this article was printed in the February 23 issue of The Carrier. However, due to the devastation in Japan in recent weeks, Dalton’s destination for her trip has changed.
Beginning on June 18, Dalton Lee will get to experience a trip that most would only dream of. The organization People to People has invited Dalton to join them in the summer of 2011 to travel to Europe. Her trip will last 19 days and she will travel all through Europe. They will visit Ireland, England, Wales, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
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 culture. 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 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.”
Dalton and her mother will be making angel pins and selling them to raise money for the trip. If you are interested in purchasing a pin to help Dalton, please call (850) 929-2465. 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 that helped her so far.