In June, eight Immokalee students ventured to Washington, D.C. for a week-long trip that one student described as “life changing.” The students toured the U.S. Capitol, rode the D.C. Metro, walked the National Mall, wandered the halls of the Smithsonian museums, and visited monuments to wars and soldiers and presidents. They had the opportunity to interact with D.C.’s diverse collection of residents and tourists. And they met other students from all over the U.S.
“You actually get to experience a new world,” said Jesus Valezco, one of TIF’s Take Stock in Children students. “It’s so different than what you see in Immokalee.”
Five of the eight students made their way to the nation’s capital thanks to the generosity of donors who contributed to our Fund A Dream™ “auction” at the 2010 Charity Classic Celebration. This year’s Fund A Dream™ — part of the 2011 Charity Classic Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort on November 11 — will offer similar opportunities to help Immokalee’s children experience the world.
“I’ve seen so many things on this trip,” said Diana Avila-Pineda, a Take Stock in Children participant and Immokalee Readers tutor, as she stood outside the U.S. Capitol building. “It’s amazing.”
Continue on to see great photos from the D.C. experience.