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    My name is Sara Ilia Maya, and I am a 6th grade student at Hancock Middle School in the Kiln, Ms. I was recently recommended and accepted to participate as a member of the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., next spring. The objective of the program is to develop leadership skills among America’s youth while exploring defining moments in American history. The 7-day experience includes discussing leadership in action at such venues as Capitol Hill, Gettysburg, and Colonial Williamsburg.

    I am currently seeking financial sponsors to help me with tuition, and hope I can count on your support. In case you haven’t heard of People to People, please allow me to share some history with you. 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, Project HOPE and Pen Pals.

    People to People student leaders are recommended and evaluated before their acceptance and I am honored to have been selected. Personally, I am looking forward to learning about how our Presidents helped shape the United States. Upon my return, I plan to share my experience with my school and civic clubs in our community. As student leader, I can also earn high school credit because of the many educational elements in my program.

    The program tuition is $2274 per child, which includes on site transportation, accommodations, meals and educational activities. I am asking contributors to donate what ever amount they can to help us reach our goal. If it possible for you to assist us by making a contribution? Any amount of contribution would be appreciated. I will inform my contributors of my experience upon returning from my trip.

    My first program tuition is due in November 2005. Checks may be made payable to People to People and mailed to me at 7729 Moanalua Way, Diamondhead, Ms. 39525 or you may deposit directly to my People to People Account Number 013701905 at Hancock Bank in care of my mother Madeleine Maya. Your generous contribution would enable us to share in this wonderful opportunity. Thank you in advance for your gracious consideration and support. Please feel free to contact me at (228) 586-0671 if you need more information.

    Sincerely yours,

    Sara Ilia Maya

    Student Leader

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