2018-02-08 / Front Page

Girl Raising Funds for Trip to China

Bill Croney
The Northfield News

Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News

Sequoia Drown, a Northfield Girl who attends Spaulding, is raising funds for a trip to China. The 13-day trip is a history and culture tour sponsored by Spiral International, the organization that has arranged for Chinese students to visit Vermont on their U.S. tours. Sequoia and her family have acted as peer mentors and as a host family for the past six years. Sequoia and her family have been seeking funds from local organizations and would also appreciate individual sponsorships. Contributions may be sent to Sequoia Drown 3315 Union Brook Road. Northfield, VT 05663. Information about the tour can be found at www.spiralinternational.org.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News Sequoia Drown, a Northfield Girl who attends Spaulding, is raising funds for a trip to China. The 13-day trip is a history and culture tour sponsored by Spiral International, the organization that has arranged for Chinese students to visit Vermont on their U.S. tours. Sequoia and her family have acted as peer mentors and as a host family for the past six years. Sequoia and her family have been seeking funds from local organizations and would also appreciate individual sponsorships. Contributions may be sent to Sequoia Drown 3315 Union Brook Road. Northfield, VT 05663. Information about the tour can be found at www.spiralinternational.org.For the past several years Northfield residents have hosted students visiting from China in their homes but now a Northfield girl is going to reverse the process. Sequoia Drown, a high school sophomore will be going on a 13- day educational tour to China this April.
Spiral International, the same organization that brings the Chinese students to the U.S., and is well known in Vermont, sponsors the tour. The Tour is open to both Middle and High School students and the cost for the tour is $3,600 per person and includes: round trip transportation to Beijing, hotel, meals, domestic transportation within China, entertainment and learning activities, a tour guide and travel insurance in China.
Sequoia Drown has raised many of the necessary funds and has mounted a fund raising campaign to cover the rest. ”I’m sending out letters to family members and relatives and businesses to help cover the cost ($3600) as much as I can.  I am also hoping to get donations from anyone who would like to help. I have raised $2500 so far. The deadline is by the end of February,” Sequoia said.
Sequoia and her family have been involved with the Spiral International tours when Chinese students have visited Northfield. “We have hosted Chinese students for the past six years and I want to do this because they have come over and I have learned how much different the culture is and I want to experience how different it would be for me living there. So I want to witness what life is like in China.
According to the Spiral international brochure the students will experience real life as experienced by Chinese families and young people.  They will also have the unique opportunity to spend 3 days in a school in Shanghai, working on learning projects with local students, and hearing about history and culture from their teachers.
They will also get to visit three very different but very exciting cities in China. They will visit Beijing, China’s cultural center and national capital for more than 800 years (the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the unforgettable Great Wall), as well as Chengdu, the capital city of the Shu State.
It is over 2,000 years old and features: the Giant Panda Center, local markets, and a siheyuan  (a traditional Chinese courtyard house). The students will also visit Shanghai, China’s center of technology, commerce, and international trade. While they are there the students in the tour group will visit the City Temple, some traditional market places, and an old-world Chinese village
The tour group will be led by Eric Arnzen, an experienced educator and currently principal of Grand Isle Middle School in Vermont.
Although Sequoia won’t be able to meet with any of the Chinese students who have visited Northfield she is nevertheless excited about the trip. “The original plan was for me to be able to meet some of the kids that came here, but unfortunately it won’t be possible on to meet any of them or visit their schools on this trip.
I’m staying with a host family for a few days and I hope to see what that is like. I think it will be very interesting to see how they live their everyday lives.
I’m very excited to be able to go to the Great Wall of China. We learned about that in school and I think it would be amazing to stand on it.
I’ll spend three days in a school and I’m pretty excited about that,” Sequoia said with a big smile.
Sequoia’s Mom, Sandra Drown, thinks that the trip will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun for Sequoia. “I’m excited for her. From my point of view, having hosted the kids from China, we have had a great experience hosting the kids at our house and I’m hoping Sequoia will have that experience when she goes to China.
Next year we are planning to host again and this trip will be a real connection both for us and for the visiting students who will come and stay with us,” Sandra Drown said.
Contributions to help sequoia fund her trip may be sent to: Sequoia Drown 3315 Union Brook Road. Northfield, VT 05663. Information about the tour can be found at www.spiralinternational.org.
 
 

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