Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me
by michelle w. on November 13, 2013
Share a story about the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home.
I began working for our local School District during the 2001-2002 school year. My job title was McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Home-School Liaison. We had yearly regional and national conferences. The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) sponsored the Annual National Conferences.
I can not remember if it was my first or second year that one of our School Districts homeless youth’s won a LeTendre Scholarship. Children and youth in homeless situations face numerous barriers to educational success. Deep poverty, high mobility, and school requirements often make attending and succeeding in school a challenge. Despite these challenges, many students who experience homelessness not only graduate from high school, but wish to pursue a college education.
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth provides scholarship assistance to students who are homeless or have experienced homelessness through the LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, established in 1998 in memory of André E. LeTendre, husband of Mary Jean LeTendre, former Director of Compensatory Education for the U.S. Department of Education.
Visit: http://naehcy.org/letendre-scholarship-fund/about-the-fund to read more about the scholarship and NAEHCY.
I was 42 or 43 years old and had never flown in my life. That year’s National Conference was being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were notified late and had a short time to get there
The LeTendre Scholarship Winner and I boarded a plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. We changed planes at Charleston International Airport and flew into Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
We were picked up at the airport and driven to our Hotel, just long enough to get our luggage into our rooms and freshen up a bit, then we were whisked off to where, (I can’t remember), that years conference was being held.
It was a very nice conference, good food, excellent speakers, and then the LeTendre Scholarships were handed out and each student had to give a small speech. I was as proud as if I had won the scholarship myself!
When the conference concluded, we were taken back to our hotel to get some sleep. Early the next morning, we were, again, headed to the airport where we took the same route home.
It was fun and exciting, but I didn’t get to tour or even look around Minneapolis, Minnesota, but I can say, “I’ve been there.” It is the furthest I’ve been from home in my life.
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