Local students invited to Washingon, D.C.


One of the many garage sales this weekend had a specific fundraising goal in mind for some recent Robinson School graduates.
Three of the four students invited to the Junior National Young Leaders (JrNYLC)?program were raising money for airfare and expenses they expect to encounter at the conference to be held in Washington, D.C. area , in late September. Actually, the encampment will be at the national 4-H Center at nearby Chevy Chase, MD.
More than 250 outstanding young students from around the United States have been invited to take part in “Voices of Leadership” Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future.” The program is designed to introduce middle school youngsters to the tradition of leadership throughout American history and help them develop their own leadership skills.
Busy with the garage sale on West Kelly were:
Gabriel Swartz, daughter of Paul and Tracy Swartz.
Kylie Burnhan, daughter of Curt and Beverly Burnham.
Brooke Bassett, daughter of Dee Bassett.
Nick is the son of Glen and Mary Lee Young. Mrs. Young will be the chaperone for the students while they are in Washington.
These girls and Young are planning to take part in the conference in the nation’s capital.
They were nominated by fifth grade teachers at Robinson Elementary School  because of their good grades, maturity, and role model qualities.
Also nominated were Joe Logan and Ton Porter. They have chosen not to go.
The Friday-Saturday garage sale was held outside the Swartz home at 295 W. Kelly Ave.
“I’m excited about this trip because we’ll see some amazing sites,” said Kyle.
“I want to learn more about our nation’s history.” said Brooke.
“We’ll learn more about being a leader,” said Gabriel.
Their parents feel the experience will help their children withstand the peer pressures they are about to encounter during their teenage years ahead and be able to help others make good decisions.
During a six-day program, the boys and girls will take part in educational activities and presentations, meet with elected officials and key Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. They will also take in Washington’s monuments and memorials as well as historic sites in the area.
Mrs. Burnham, a teacher herself at Robinson, researched the JrNYLC on the internet because she was unfamiliar with the program. She and the other parents were pleased with the what they’ve found out.
A few hundred dollars were raised from the garage sale in the driveway of the Swartz home. They also sold raffle tickets to win gift certificates from several local merchants. The names of raffle winners will be drawn in late July.
The students and their parents are now planning  for a car wash but as yet have no date or site. They talked Saturday of a downtown bake sale later this summer.
“The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new-found confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities,” according to Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council which sponsors JrNYLC.
Since 1985, the Council has inspired moire than 200,000 young people to achieve their full potential.