Student headed to Australia

First Posted: 3/7/2009

DOBSON A student at Alexander Central High School and son of a Dobson resident has been accepted to participate as a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program to Australia this summer.
Dustin Matthews, a sophomore at the school, has been selected for the program. He is the son of Donnie Matthews of Dobson and of Shane and Donnette Jarrett.
The objective of the program is to promote international understanding while building leadership skills among Americas youth. The 20-day experience includes meetings with government officials, interaction with other students, educational activities, and home stays with host families.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the organization in 1956. He believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would countries. Since its founding, People to People has launched many international programs, including Sister Cities and Project HOPE.
People to People Student Ambassadors are interviewed and evaluated before their acceptance. Dustin is working on his Australia trip quizzes, raising money for Heifer International and his project presentation.
The quizzes are studies in the history and culture of Australia as well as information about People to People. Heifer International is an organization that provides livestock to families in need and this is the civic project for the trip. Before leaving in June, each student has to do a project fair presentation on Australia.
The group flies to Sydney, Australia, in June and will travel up the east coast during the 20-day stay. The cost of the trip is $7,000. Many students who attend People to People trips hold fundraisers and accept donations towards their trips. Several in this particular group have sold Butter Braids, hosted yard sales, spaghetti dinners, sold cookbooks and provided yard work.
For more information on assisting Matthews, e-mail [email protected]

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