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Student prepares for People to People trip

This summer while his classmates are hanging out at the lake or holding down a seasonal job, Aaron Miller will forge international relationships.

Miller, a King’s West junior is traveling to the British Isles in the People to People Student Ambassador program.

This past weekend he, friends and family worked at one of two garage sales to raise money for the trip. Aaron is about $1,000 shy of his goal to pay for the $5,400 trip. The journey lasts about 20 days and covers Ireland, Scotland and England.

Student Ambassadors will meet with members of Parliment and stay with families in Ireland and England while on the trip.

Aaron hopes to learn more about his English and Scotish heritage.

“I want to see some of the old structures in Scotland,” Aaron said. “I’m hoping to learn a lot more about the way people live in England and Ireland.”

To prepare for the trip delegates attend meetings to learn about the differences between America and the Bristish Isles. Students had to research a certain aspect of the culture then present the information to the rest of the group.

The group is made up of about 40 high school students and four teachers.

The People to People program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He believed if people could get to know other people’s cultures first-hand, then a peaceful world would prevail.

“We’re hoping to increase foreign relations,” Aaron said.

In addition to academics, Aaron also is involved with the King’s West jazz band, jazz choir and performance company.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for him,” said Sherri Miller, Aaron’s mother.

His parents have helped him mail out brochures and man garage sales in their Silverdale neighborhood.

“It’s amazing what kids have to juggle these days,” Miller said.

The next garage sale is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. June 4 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5 at 5901 N.N. LuQuasit Trail. For information contact (360) 698-4793.

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