Going places

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A St. Maries freshman will travel abroad this summer as part of the People-to-People Ambassador Program.

Gabrielle Hatley-Lewis was invited to participate in the program after she was recommended by a teacher.

St. Maries High School freshman Gabrielle Hatley-Lewis plans to travel abroad this summer.

St. Maries High School freshman Gabrielle Hatley-Lewis plans to travel abroad this summer.

“President Eisenhower started it in 1953,” Gabrielle said. “He wanted students to travel the world and learn about different cultures.”

Gabrielle will visit France, Italy and Greece in July and will be gone for three weeks. To raise money for the trip, she is collecting old clothes – including those that are ripped, stained or torn, as well as shoes, single or paired, towels, gloves and hats, sheets, blankets and quilts, drapes, purses and belts.

The items are turned over to Clothes for the Cause, a company that collects a variety of unwanted items and turns them into cash. The company pays 15 to 20 cents per pound. Unusable items are recycled into material for insulation, wiping rags or broken down to reclaim fiber.

To learn about the places she will be visiting, Gabrielle attends regular meetings each month. She is also meeting the other 19 students from Idaho that will be traveling with her.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Paris. I really like art and we get to go to the Louvre in Paris, and see the Sistine Chapel. Both places have beautiful pieces of art.”

Those who would like to donate clothing or other items should contact Gabrielle’s grandmother, Linda Buck, at 582-0401.

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