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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Student raising money for overseas adventure

  • Nathan Grimsley is going to be an ambassador abroad for the United States. Nathan, 14, is a freshman at the Carrier Mills High School. He has been selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador program and will be traveling to Europe next summer.
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  • Nathan Grimsley is going to be an ambassador abroad for the United States. Nathan, 14, is a freshman at the Carrier Mills High School. He has been selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador program and will be traveling to Europe next summer.
    “I thought it’s pretty incredible!” Nathan said about learning that he had been nominated for the program. “We thought the initial letter was just junk mail, but we checked on the Internet and called the number in the letter and it turned out to be legitimate.”
    After responding by phone, Nathan underwent a selection interview and shortly afterwards received an e-mail notifying him that he had been selected.
    In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower developed an idea for a cultural exchange program involving young people traveling abroad to increase cultural sensitivity and foster better understanding between nations. The first Student Ambassador program was organized in 1962 and regular exchange programs began in 1967. Since its founding, nearly a half a million American students have traveled abroad to share American culture and to experience other people’s way of life.
    Nathan is one of about 20 students in the Southern Illinois-Southeastern Missouri delegation traveling to Europe next summer. He has chosen to participate in a trip that will take him to Ireland, England and France over a 19 day period. Among the highlights of his journey will be a visit to Dublin, Ireland, a meeting with a representative of the British Parliament and a boat ride on the Thames in London, England, a tour of the Normandy battlefields and cemeteries in Normandy, France, the trip culminating with two days spent in Paris, France.
    Nathan is the son of Pamala Grimsley-Bynum and the stepson of Randy Bynum, of Carrier Mills. He is carries an A average at school and is a member of the high school student council, FBLA, and the Speech Team. He has a sister Jessica Grimsley, and two stepbrothers, Blake and Cody Bynum. Blake is also a freshman at CMHS and Cody is a recent graduate of CMHS, currently serving in the United States Marine Corps.
    “We all realized that this would be the trip of a lifetime” said Nathan’s mother Pamala. “Now we are just trying to figure out how to pay for it all.”
    The trip package will cost over $8,000 and the family is seeking ways to raise funds to augment their personal savings to allow Nathan to experience this amazing opportunity.
    The chance for a Carrier Mills student to travel abroad and share his culture and experience other cultures, to leave favorable impressions of Americans and to come away with a greater sensitivity and understanding of other peoples and cultures is indeed an extraordinary opportunity. It is also a great compliment to Nathan and the Carrier Mills-Stonefort school district for having met the standards of scholastic performance that qualified him for this chance.
    Page 2 of 2 - Nathan is a quiet, friendly, well mannered young man. His unassuming demeanor belies the fact that he has the chance to share the values of our community with citizens of other nations, to truly be an ambassador of American society and values to the peoples of Europe. This is a unique opportunity and honor for Nathan and his community, a chance to extend the hand of friendship across the ocean.
    When asked what he is most looking forward to about the trip, Nathan smiled and said instantly, “Paris”.
    Anyone interested in making a donation to the fund for Nathan’s trip may contact his mother, Pamela Grimsley-Bynum at 618-579-5456 or mail a donation to Pamala Grimsley-Bynum or Randy Bynum at 2355 Legion Road, Carrier Mills Ill. 62917 or make a cash or check donation in Nathan Grimsley’s name at any Banterra Bank location.
     
     

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