Two local students enjoyed an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. June 12-16 as part of the 52nd Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour. Taylor Jarratt and Madeline Chase joined 1,700 other students from across the nation who participated in this event.
Their trip was sponsored by Prince George Electric Cooperative. Debbie Dunn, who teaches History at Southampton Academy, served as chaperone. The students toured Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress. They also visited a variety of historical and cultural sites in the nation’s capital, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Newseum. Among fun activities the students enjoyed were a twilight cruise on the Potomac and a Washington Nationals baseball game.
As part of NRECA-sponsored National Youth Day on June 13, all of the state groups convened to learn from inspirational speakers. This year’s agenda included Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medalist and two-time world champion in wheelchair basketball. Schlappi shared his inspiring message, “Just because you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!”
Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 60,000 high school juniors and seniors to visit their U.S. congressional delegations, learn from energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightsee in Washington, D.C. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.
“Youth Tour was amazing,” the students agreed. Jarratt added, “It was really cool to meet our elected officials and learn about politics up-close. Plus, we made new friends from nearly every state and experienced history first-hand. It really made us think about what it means to be an American, and shows that people our age do care about this country.”
For more information about the Youth Tour Program, visit http://www.youthtour.coop. To learn how you can participate in Prince George Electric Cooperative’s Washington Youth Tour program, contact Lynn Thornton at 804-834-5173.
About Prince George Cooperative: Headquartered in Waverly, Prince George Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit member-owned energy provider that serves over 12,000 homes, farms and businesses in Dinwiddie, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, Sussex and Isle of Wight counties.
Taylor Jarratt and Madeline Chase on the Capitol steps during their tour of Washington, D.C. sponsored by NRECA. The trip took place earlier in June and was part of a national program.