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Stone Valley middle schooler seeks ambassadorship

Seventh grader raising her own money for overseas trip

A 12-year-old from Stone Valley Middle School wants to be a European ambassador. Anna Nunes isn't jumping the gun. The seventh grader is raising money to become a student ambassador with the People to People program, and she's raising money for the trip on her own -- with a little help from her mother, Magret.

"I'm hoping to learn about various cultures in Europe and learn about the history of Europe," Anna said. "We represent our country so it interchanges cultures."

She needs $6,500 for the trip and has been working hard, arranging corporate sponsorships and even holding bake sales, again with help from her mother, to finance her overseas travel. These aren't the typical bakes sales, with goods stacked on a table outside a grocery store. Her mother takes online orders through her email address and sells bake-to-order goods.

So far, Anna has raised $2,200, even dedicating all her birthday money toward the trip.

"I need a lot more," she said.

Getting named a student ambassador isn't easy, Magret said. First, she had to be nominated by a teacher, and invited to attend an orientation. She wrote her own resume as part of her application process and was accepted by the program.

Raising money was the next step. Her mom's custom baked goods brought in $700, and another $800 came from local businesses.

"She went through the phone book and got in touch with the companies," Magret explained.

The trip will last three weeks and take Anna to England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

The trip will include a briefing in London with a current or former member of Parliament, and an ambassadorial welcome from Swiss diplomats. Anna will stay with a family in Germany. She'll visit Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard and visit Normandy and Flanders Field to learn about World wars I and II, and will visit Anne Frank House.

After the trip, Anna will have some responsibilities that go along with the trip.

"She plans to go to the chamber of commerce and talk with the companies (that sponsored her trip)," Magret said. "That's part of the program, to share what you've learned abroad."

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

I know Anna and her family personally. She is a very mature middle school student with big ambitions. I hope that everyone in the community will get behind this young lady and help make this great experience happen.

I didn't see any contact information in the story. Perhaps the story can be updated to include a way for someone to contact the family. In the meantime, if you contact me at Alan@CardsByTheYard.com, I can put you in contact with the family.

Good job Anna!

Young people like Anna, who are trying to make a difference, deserve to be supported. And, as the story says, she is willing to work hard and to give back when she returns.


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Posted by Christina
a resident of Danville
on May 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

We also know Margret and her daughters and they are truly an amazing family! If you like desserts (who doesn't?!) please consider supporting this young lady by purchasing a homemade dessert. Her Mom makes the most FABULOUS Pecan Pies! We know firsthand because we have purchased several and will be purchasing more to celebrate upcoming birthday's and Father's Day. Yum! Yum! All the best to you Future Ambassador Anna! Good luck!


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Posted by Concerned Mom
a resident of Diablo
on May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

You sound like an amazing girl. First, please do your research on the People to People Student Ambasador program (start w/Google). Make sure they will deliver on all that they promise because that's a lot of money.


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Posted by Isabelle Javier
a resident of Stone Valley Middle School
on Jun 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hello Anna,

We are so proud of you! We'd love to order baked goods from your mother to support your cause. Can someone please post Magret's email or business contact info?
Thanks, The Javiers


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Posted by Emily West
editor of Danville Express
on Jun 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Emily West is a registered user.

I would try getting in touch with her through the school or perhaps through the email listed by commenter Alan above.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2010 at 12:34 am

You are more than welcome to email me Alan@CardsByTheYard.com and I can put you in touch with them. I will also let them know about these comments in case they would like to put contact information here. With the end of the school year, this is a very busy time in their household.

Thank you to everyone for their positive comments. I know that Anna will represent our community well.


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