Outstanding students from the Altoona/Tyrone area have been selected to spread international goodwill and understanding as People to People student ambassadors during the summer of 2011.
The group is being led by Karen Conrad of North Star School District, Boswell, and Lauren Podlucky of Shade-Central City School District, Central City.
During their European Heritage tour, the delegation will take part in a variety of activities, such as helping European citizens protect the famous Black Forest in Germany, experiencing England's royal history, from Hampton Court to Buckingham Palace, meeting a member of Parliament, stepping into rural Swiss life in the village of Scuol and hiking the Swiss Alps, studying life during the world wars at Flanders Field and the Anne Frank House, envisioning the historic D-Day landing by crawling in the bunkers above the beaches at Normandy, learning about medieval history by visiting mysterious castles on the Rhine River, shooting the rapids on an alpine river in Germany, exploring the masterpieces of the world-famous Louvre Museum, living with a family for several days in Germany, observing historic luxury at the gilded Palace of Versailles, and going behind the scenes with traditional European artisans to learn handcrafting techniques.
The delegation will be participating in a community-based service project called "Tabs for Labs" for the next eight months.
The delegates will be raising money by collecting pop tabs in order to help purchase a service dog for a local child with a life-threatening peanut allergy.
If you would like to donate to this cause, e-mail karenconradp2p@gmail.
Acceptance into the Student Ambassador program is selective: students must be nominated by a teacher, submit letters of recommendation and go through extensive interviews with the leaders. By participating in the program, students can earn academic credit while getting to know the history, culture and people of the places they will visit.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People in 1956 with the belief that ordinary citizens of different nations could make a difference where governments could not.
In 2006, People to People celebrated its 50th year of safely bringing the best educational journeys to life.
For more information regarding the People to People mission or programs, visit www.peopletopeople.com or call Conrad at 244-5048 or Podlucky at 421-2997.