A Schroon Lake teen has been named a People to People Student Ambassador. Desiree Lanoue, 16, has been seelcted for the program, which was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
continued The People to People program is not free. Lanoue will pay $9,000 to make the trek.
“I am paying my own way by working and doing fundraisers for this program, as well as asking for donations because it will be approximately $9,000 for me to go on this trip,” she said.
Lanoue will hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club. It will include raffles and auctions.
“Along with these benefits, I will be collecting bottles for a bottle drive,” she said. “If you would like to make a donation of an item for a raffle, a small cash donation, have bottles that need to be picked up or if you’d like to purchase dinner or raffle tickets, or simply get more information on my adventure, give me a call at 532-9518. If you would like to donate something for the raffle on Dec. 1 please contact us so we can pick it up before Nov. 20.”
Lanoue is also willing to send postcards, do community service projects and other work in exchange for donations.
People can follow Lanoue’s exploits online at http://peerbackers.com/projects/desirees-journey-through-the-south-pacific
The trip will not be a vacation, according to People to People officials.
“Student Ambassadors are expected to create a positive impression of our country and culture, whether making a good impression in a school visit overseas, meeting local citizens, or attending a briefing with a government representative,” said Mary Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International, in a prepared statement. “This diplomatic spirit is one of the things that sets the People to People experience apart; our Student Ambassadors are global students and teachers of their own culture.”