If you’re ever fortunate enough to look through the portals atop the Washington Monument, you’d see all our nation’s capital—the museums, the monuments, the history, and the opportunities.
In June, a student from our area got to experience much of what Washington, D.C. has to offer—including the view from above—thanks to Little River Electric. Dixie High School rising senior Emalee Mann joined 48 other South Carolina high school students sent by their electric cooperatives on the Washington Youth Tour.
The experience goes beyond a traditional school field trip. Sure, they visited monuments, museums, and memorials, but they also launched their own co-op, met with legislators and their staffs, and made new friends from across the state.
Mann not only bought snacks and beverages from the Soda Pop Co-op, but she also learned first-hand about how a cooperative operates by serving as one of its board members. She was part of selecting the management team and distributing $9 in capital credits to each of her fellow Youth Tourists, their share of the co-op’s end-of-trip margins.
During her visit to Capitol Hill, she was welcomed into Rep. Jeff Duncan’s office and learned from his staff about the legislative process and how they might pursue a future in government relations. Later that day, they met with Sen. Tim Scott and Sen. Lindsey Graham on the Capitol steps.
The students also visited the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Arlington National Cemetery, and the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. When they went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the students used pencil and paper to create an etching of names on the wall representing soldiers from their hometowns.
We’re proud to support Washington Youth Tour. For the students, it can be a life-changing experience. It expands their perspectives, develops good citizenship, and creates connections that could last a lifetime. For our community, it is an investment in the future that benefits all of us.
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