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August 8, 2017

A Trip of a Lifetime

Journal By Cole Howerton CONWAY CHRONICLES In April, Cole Howerton was awarded with one of the trips to Washington, DC through the Laclede Electric Youth Tour Program. Just recently, Cole submitted a journaled account of his experience. Friday, June 9 Tonight I was introduced to the wonderful world of Youth Tour and was shown all the amazing things we’ll get to see in D.C. The whole day has felt like a dream come true, despite the fact that we haven’t even made it out of the state yet. It is outstanding to think that only two sheets of paper brought all of us here. I have already made a plethora of new friends, and met up again with Cade, Noah, and Caitlyn who were also representing Laclede County. I was ecstatic to hear that they were doing well, and I hope that I will get to know them better during our week in D.C. Unfortunately, lights out has just been called, but I will certainly have more to write about tomorrow. I truly can’t wait to see what it will have in store for us! Saturday, June 10 Today was a day that I will relive in my mind for the rest of my life. I started it by waking up an hour before wake-up calls and heading

down to breakfast with my roommate, Sean. Although we started eating in the wrong room, we quickly corrected and were still among the first to enjoy breakfast. After a brief re-introduction to Youth Tour, and an intense game of Kahoots, we loaded three buses and headed toward the St. Louis Airport. With the hour there, I enjoyed lunch at Chili’s with Noah and Caitlyn, and then we began boarding the plane. I had never been on a plane before, but I was overjoyed to finally have the chance. I was humbled and blown away at how small everything looks from the air, and my phone has fifty flight pictures that prove just how amazed I was. Just about the time I was getting used to it, we landed in Washington, D.C. I was, and definitely still am, really excited to be here. After we checked into our hotel, and I ran up fifteen flights of stairs with a friend trying to race the elevator, we left immediately to go sightseeing. Even a s w e w e re boarding the bus, the powerful presence of the Washington Monument loomed over everything else. As we were riding, I was able to see so much history that I couldn’t contain myself (just ask Michael, who had the misfortune of sitting by me while I was taking everything in.) I saw the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and hundreds of old buildings that clearly had their own stories to tell. Although it was late, we still got to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, all of which were phenomenal. One truly remarkable thing, which wasn’t planned (since we were an hour late visiting) was looking across the water and seeing a blood-red moon right next to the Jefferson memorial. I still see it when I close my eyes, as it was such a beautiful sight. It is amazing to think that I have five more days to witness everything our nation’s capital has to offer. Tomorrow will most definitely be a day to remember as well. I can already sense it. Sunday, June 11 Today was certainly as memorable as yesterday. We were able to bear witness to the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Korean Memorial, and the World War

II Memorial, all before noon! I was once again humbled to be standing at the heart of so much history and was baffled by the detail put into each memorial. It was also very dreamlike to be standing so close to the Lincoln Memorial, because it was one of the many symbols I never imagined I would get to see in person, and it already seems like so long ago. We also were given free-range of the Smithsonian’s today, and I went, with a group, to the Air and Space Museum, which was incredible. I was able to see one of the first Wright brothers’ planes, and see a plethora of World War I and II planes. After an hour had passed, we headed towards the National Archives, where I laid my eyes upon the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I cannot even describe how amazing it was to stand so close to them. Unfortunately, my time there was cut short because we had to rendezvous at the bus. Once on the bus, I helped start a bus chant for Bus 2, which I hope will catch on. I can already feel the kinship growing between everyone in our group, and I really hope it will continue. Honestly, as much as I have loved this trip so far, I think it could have been anywhere with this group, and it would have been as fun. After we arrived at the hotel, we ate dinner and loaded back up for a sunset cruise on the Potomac, which was an amazing chance to meet people from different states. It was a beautiful sunset, and a trip that seemed altogether too short from the joy it brought me. Already this has been the trip of a lifetime. Monday, June 12 This was yet another monumental day in Washington, D.C. We started our day by visiting Arlington National Cemetery, and it was a very humbling environment. I was able to catch a glimpse of many World War I and II Generals’ final resting places, as well as the eternal flame of John F. Kennedy, and Robert E. Lee’s mansion, which the cemetery was built around. After this I witnessed the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and I was astounded at the discipline in the procedure, and what memories it was helping to preserve. After the ceremony, I managed to misguide our group to take the tour a second time. I was thrilled to take in everything twice, despite my mistake. Afterwards, we had lunch and headed to Ford’s Theater where Abraham

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Lincoln witnessed his last play. Inside, a man gave a historical oratory on stage as if he were in the theater when Lincoln was shot, and he did a magnificent job. I learned that there had been very careful premeditation regarding Lincoln’s death. After Ford’s Theater, we got back on the bus and witnessed a wonderful introduction to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and were given the chance to listen to Mike Schlappi, a Paralympic Gold medalist and motivational speaker and how he was able to overcome his disabilities. It was fantastic to hear his stories, and I would highly encourage others to look him up as well. After his encouragement, we were sent to our rooms for lights out, where I am now preparing for yet another amazing day in D.C. Tuesday, June 13 I am still unable to get over my excitement from today’s events. After another fantastic breakfast, we headed to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. I was in awe of the whole plantation. The mansion itself was outstanding, and I’m still having trouble believing that I took steps in the very house of the first President of the United States. The garden and orchard were delightful as well, but I believe my favorite part was getting to see Washington’s tomb, which left me speechless. Eventually I was herded out among the last people at Mount Vernon, and we headed back to the hotel to eat lunch. We then headed to the Newseum where a large piece of the Berlin wall was housed. Also inside was the antenna of the original 1 World Trade Center, and I was honored to have stood so close to it. After our short time there, we were taken to the Kennedy Center to watch The Sound of Music, and it was extremely powerful. After that, we came back to the hotel, ending our fourth day of adventures with one of my favorite musicals. Wednesday, June 14 Today was much more relaxed


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that this trip must come to a close, I am ever so thankful to have been a part of it. I witnessed so much, and have become a member of one of the most close-knit families the world has ever seen. I honestly have never seen such a remarkable group of individuals in my entire life, and I am honored to have explored D.C. with them. This whole trip has been an amazing blessing from God, and I can honestly say that without His help, I definitely wouldn’t be here today. Our very own Laclede Electric has also been so charitable to have sponsored me, and I only hope that I can repay them someday for their kind service. Because of this “Trip of a Lifetime,” I now see that this country is full of many amazing teenagers all hoping they can make a world of difference in their communities. I am so thankful to be a part of this living American dream.

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Laclede County R-1 Schools announced it’s revised free and reduced price policy for school children unable to pay the full price of meals served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Local education officials have adopted the following family-size income criteria for determining eligibility: Household Size


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than any we’ve had so far. We started with the usual amazing breakfast at our hotel and went straight to Capitol Hill. We were all slightly shaken up, because Senator Scalise was shot only fifteen minutes from our hotel this morning, but we didn’t end up running into anything unusual. As soon as we got to Capitol Hill, we went straight to the Rayburn Building where United States Representatives have their offices. We split off into our Congressional districts, and we got to meet with Vicky Hartzler. I was really excited to get to see her a second time after attendi n g h e r Yo u t h Leadership Conference in the fall. Because most of the rooms were taken, we met with her in the stairwell, which was actually a lot cooler than it sounds. After we met, we headed back to the hotel for the last time and had a dance that I left after five minutes of heat and personal space invasions and instead surrounded the piano in the basement where some amazing piano players from Texas were playing and singing “Alleluiah.” During this time, I was able to make friends from South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, and many other states. It was incredible how easy it was to make new friends here. It was as if every conversational barrier were down and you could reach out to anybody. I learned so much about the different states from the people who live there, and I have never been so inspired or filled with hope in my entire life. Because we are only parting ways tomorrow, I believe this will be my final entry. Although I am very sad

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Maximum Household Income Eligible for Free Meals

Maximum Household Income Eligible for Reduced Price Meals







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$1,307 1,760 2,213 2,665 3,118 3,571 4,024 4,477

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$22,311 30,044 37,777 45,510 53,243 60,976 68,709 76,442

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Children from families whose current income is at or below those shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Applications are available at the school office. To apply, fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application and return it to the school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. A complete application is required as a condition of eligibility. A complete application includes: (1) household income from all sources or Food Stamp/TANF. (2) names of all household members, and (3) the signature and last four digits of social security number or indication of no social security number of adult household member signing the application. School officials may verify current income at any time during the school year. Foster children may be eligible regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. If a family member becomes unemployed or if family size changes, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for these benefits. Households will be notified of their children’s eligibility status for free or reduced price meals. If any children were not listed on the eligibility notice for families receiving SNAP, TANF or FDPIR, the household should contact the school to have free meal benefits extended to those children. If any child(ren) was not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the LEA or school to have free meal benefits extended to that child(ren). Under the provisions of the policy, Marie Oliver will review the applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, they may wish to discuss the decision with the hearing official on an informal basis or he/she may make a request either orally or in writing to Mr. Mark Hedger, Superintendent. Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the central office where any interested party may review it. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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