Eager for a new experience, Washington Elementary School student Kyle McCune lights up as he speaks about his upcoming trip to Alaska with the People to People Ambassador program.
“I was nominated a long time ago and have gone to a lot of meetings to prepare,” Kyle explains.
With a mission to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, creating global citizens and making the world a better place, the People to People Ambassador program carefully selects hardworking students to represent 40 different countries. Kyle will not only be representing Lodi, but the United States as he exchanges cultural information with young Alaskans.
“I look forward to hearing about what they have and what they do that we don’t here,” he said.
In order to participate, Kyle and his family continue to work on raising $5,000. “(Kyle is) is the hardest working student I have ever had,” said his teacher, Katie Jay. “He takes initiative and goes the extra mile working to raise the money.”
He continues to sell Juice It Up coupon books and gift baskets under an awning that he and his mom set up on Crescent Street.
In addition to meeting new people, Kyle looks forward to his first plane ride, eating salmon and seeing Husky dogs.