Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 2, 2005

LP student Eric Dietel headed to Great Britain

By Heidi Stutelberg

Started by President Eisenhower, the “People to People Student Ambassador Program” is giving a young man from Lester Prairie the chance of a lifetime.  

Eric Dietel, son of Dan and Patty Dietel, is one of 38 teenagers from central Minnesota who plan to travel to Great Britain from June 13 through July 2.

Dietel, an eighth grader at Lester Prairie Public School, received a notice of qualification for the program in the mail.

“He’s very excited,” commented his mother, Patty Dietel.

He was chosen for his high test scores on the state achievement tests, but students can also be nominated by teachers or former student ambassadors.

After passing an interview process, Dietel has been attending monthly meetings with the other 38 students and completing several homework assignments, such as reading a book, making a poster presentation, and logging in journal entries.

As a group, the students were also required to complete a community service project.  All the families collected toys for patients at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.

When Dietel travels to Great Britain, he will be observing the cultures of the countries there, staying with the group most of the time.

For a few days of the trip, he will be staying with a host family.

Also while in Great Britain, the students will be allowed to enter places where tourists cannot go.  

In previous years, the students have had the unique experience of meeting the Queen of England.

Certain dress codes are required during the trip. Eisenhower’s hope with the People-to-People Student Ambassador Program was to teach young people to learn to get along with people of other cultures, so we all can live as a world.  

Dietel will be learning to contribute to society by giving back to society as well.

Looking for cooks to help cause

To raise funds for the students’ traveling expenses, mothers of the students designed a cookbook for sponsoring a student, with a donation of $10.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Dietel may call his mother, Patty, at (320) 395-2907 and receive a cookbook.

When Dietel returns from Great Britain, he plans to share his experience with his sponsors.

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