Area students attend Washington, D.C. National Rural Electric Youth Tour

Published 10:27 am Friday, July 5, 2024

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Atmore area students represented Southern Pine Electric Co-op during the Washington, D.C. National Rural Electric Youth Tour recently.

The Washington D.C. National Rural Electric Youth Tour, sponsored by local electric cooperatives, the Alabama Rural Electric Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is part of a grassroots program to educate high school juniors on the electric cooperative program and the cooperative ideas for which it stands.

In June, approximately 58 students from Alabama traveled to Washington D.C., joining students from across the nation.

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Those who attended from the Atmore area included Tyra Lindsey, Hillcrest High School; Ella Robinson, Sparta Academy; Kylee Walton, T.R. Miller High School; Jackson King, W.S. Neal High School; Ashley Parra, Escambia County High School; and Abby Cooper, J.U.Blacksher High School.

The youth tour experience is filled with fun activities, but its overall purpose is to increase students understanding of the value of rural electrification, help them become more familiar with the historical and political environment of our nation’s capital through visits to monuments, government buildings and cooperative organizations. Additionally, the students got the chance to visit elected officials to increase the students’ knowledge of how the federal government works.