Dear Family and Friends,
I want to let you know that I"˜ve been selected to participate in a really cool opportunity that I am very excited about. I"˜ve been accepted into the People to People Ambassador Program. This program, started by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, is designed to help people of different cultures get to know each other. They've done a lot of cool things over the past fifty years. They've done things like meet former President Reagan, meet former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, witness the fall of the Berlin Wall, meet Queen Elizabeth II, and witness President Obama's inauguration. On this trip, I will be able to go to Europe during the summer. I'll be going to Italy, France, and Greece.
I'm really excited about going to these countries because I have read a lot about them in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The 39 Clues, two of my favorite book series. Of course, the trip will be educational too. I will be visiting many historical landmarks and I will get a chance to actually stay with a local family for a few days to get a real experience of the people and culture. I will be traveling with 39 other middle school students that I have never met before so I will be learning something about my own culture too!
Of course this experience is not free. The trip costs a little over $6,500, of which we've already paid $3,400. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our friends and family, we've raised almost half of the remaining $3,100!
Here's where I could really use your help in the final push for the remaining $1,610. I know this sounds like a lot, and it is, but the experience will be worth it. I would be very grateful to get your financial support. It doesn't have to be a lot, maybe just $25. The trip is scheduled for June 2012 so we don't have that much more time. The final payment is due by May 1, 2012.
If you would like to make an offline donation, that is, NOT use the GoFundMe web site, please make checks payable to:
1850 Thompson Ave
East Point, GA 30344
Again, we're very nearly at 50% of our goal, so if you haven't donated yet, we still need your support.
My dad, Curtis Allen, has set up a website, EvansVillage.com, where you can keep up with all trip activities, as well as explore other fundraising options. Further, you can contact my mom, Davida Allen, at [email redacted] with any questions or for additional information.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and think about throwing a little cash my way if you can! This really means a lot to me. You can get more information about the People to People Ambassador Program at www.peopletopeople.com.
Thank you for being part of my village!
- Peter Desouza
- William L. Terrell
- Cheryl Creuzot
- Joan Anderson