On June 17, students from across the Warren RECC service territory will embark on a weeklong trip to Washington D.C. as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Washington Youth Tour.

Local student Kayleigh Smith, of Barren County High School, will spend an all-expense paid week learning about government in our nation’s capital and meeting youth from other cooperatives across the country.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. On the trip, students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting and interacting with their Congressional delegations. Students also participate in a tour-wide Youth Day, where they have the opportunity to meet each other and hear featured speakers who provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their communities. To round out the week, students will visit the Holocaust Museum, the 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon, and the Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam Wall, and Korean War memorials. They will also have the opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in the program since its inception. The first year of the coordinated Tour included approximately 400 young people from 12 states. Today, more than 1,500 students and over 250 chaperones participate in the Youth Tour every year.

Warren RECC is proud to participate in this annual tradition for our co-op youths, and hopes that the trip inspires students to become active participants in their communities and their co-op. In addition to the Washington Tour, Warren RECC students also visit Frankfort during the legislative session to meet their representatives and learn more about the legislative process at the state level.

For more information on the Rural Electric Youth Tour, contact Warren RECC or visit them on their website at www.wrecc.com.

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