February 4th-9th, I got to chaperone a field trip of 16 middle and high school students from Lamoille Union, Peoples Academy and Stowe to the CADCA (Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America) Youth Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. sponsored by Healthy Lamoille Valley and Lamoille County Sheriff Department.
We spent a day sight seeing at Arlington Cemetery, The National Mall and Smithsonian Museums.
At the Conference the students met others from around the country and attended workshops pertaining to prevention and leadership.
On Wednesday, we attended a rally on Capitol Hill and then met with Congressman Welch, Senator Leahy and staff from Senator Sanders' office. In these meetings, the students shared their ideas and opinions about what issues they are seeing in their schools regarding drug and alcohol use, prevention and successes. The students spoke well and represented Vermont with pride.
During the last day of the Conference, our students got up on the National Stage and let the 2500 adult Conference attendees know about their commitment to prevention in their communities.
Finally....on the bus ride home, the students showed their patience and resilience when our bus needed repairs and we had to wait at a Travel Center in Maryland for 7 hours!!!!
Back in Vermont, the students will work in their schools and with Sheriff Marcoux to present what they have learned to the community. The Lanpher Memorial Library is proud to be a community partner with the schools and Healthy Lamoille Valley and Lamoille Co. Sheriff's Dept!
Enjoy the pictures below, showing highlights of the trip, and click on the button link for the article in the Stowe Reporter.