December 13, 2012
As you may have heard by now, there was a presidential election this year.
Pause for ironic “IS HE KIDDING?” effect.
More to the point: whenever there is a presidential election, WorldStrides offers a program that takes high school kids out of their everyday environment and drops them into U.S. History—both past and in-the-making—in the form of a trip to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration. Though I’ve only been in high school a few months, this is my chance to take part in that experience (and yes, I would be writing this letter to you regardless of who won the election).
In addition to attending the swearing in of the President and Vice President, our group will also visit Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, Smithsonian Institution, Capitol Hill Grounds, the White House, National Archives, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial, WWII Memorial, Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Washington Monument.
As you may know, I’m involved in student legislature, and last year a group of us visited the Washington State capitol in Olympia to write and support mock bills, try to pass those bills into law in the student legislature, and generally have the time of our lives while learning more about government than we likely could in a full year of history or government classes. And this trip to Washington D.C. promises to offer the same sort of immeasurable rewards, contextualizing history lessons into personal events that make sense to us as students and young citizens—and I wouldn’t want to miss it for anything.
But if I want to go, I’ve got some fundraising to do, and that’s where you come in.
This trip may be invaluable to my education, but it nevertheless comes at a price, so if you would be willing to help me out—in any amount—I’d be more grateful than you can imagine (and so would my parents). Here’s how you can contribute:
Chip in online with credit, debit, or PayPal at one of the following addresses: http://terrybain.chipin.com/inauguration
“WorldStrides is the nation’s largest and most respected accredited travel organization, helping 200,000 students travel each year to destinations in more than 70 countries.” I got that quote directly from the WorldStrides website, and I figured if you wanted to know more about them, you could visit their website too: http://WorldStrides.org.
That’s pretty much everything I can think of for now. I’m really excited to be taking this trip. I’ll be taking pictures and video the entire time I’m in D.C., and when I get back I’ll put together a video presentation of my exploits and share them with you.
Thank you so much for your time and attention. With your help, this trip is going to be epic.