The Pay It Forward tour is on! I thought you would all like a layout of the new route and celebration destination! May I add that when we hit our celebration city we will not only celebrate with students from the Saint Paul Public School district; but, also a school from Oklahoma City! Very exciting!
We will leave Wednesday, October 17, 2012 afterschool between 3-3:30 p.m. from Hudson High School. We will be heading to Decorah, Iowa, located in the northeast corner of Iowa nestled in the Oneota River Valley. Luther College is located in Decorah. We will take part in a campus tour!
Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts institution. Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther offers more than 60 majors and pre-professional and certificate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Its mission statement emphasizes faith, leadership, and community service. Luther College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons in
its educational programs and activities.
Next we will head to Iowa City the home of University of Iowa! Iowa City was the second capital of the Iowa Territory, and it was also the first capital city of the State of Iowa. The Old Capitol building is a National Historic Landmark, and it is a tourist attraction in the center of the campus of the University of Iowa, as well as being an integral part of the university. STLF has a strong relationship with Iowa City's parks and recreation program and the humane society.
University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900 acre campus. Iowa is composed of 11 colleges, the largest of which is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, enrolling most of Iowa's undergraduates. The Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the College of Education, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Colleges of Dentistry and Public Health. Interesting facts I discovered: Iowa was the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis and the first institution of higher education in the nation to accept creative work in theater, writing, music, and art as theses for advanced degrees.
The last city before we celebrate is Chillicothe, Missouri. The correct pronunciation is Chil li coth' ee, a Shawnee Indian word meaning "Big Town Where We Live...Our Big Town." It is apparently the home of sliced bread! Chillicothe lies in the heart of a rich agricultural section of the state and is the largest community in north central Missouri. Our service project will probably be with the nursing home there.
Finally we will speed into Kansas City the largest city in the US state of Missouri Our celebration city! We learned from Caitlin that NASCAR will be in town. For all you war history buffs, Kansas City was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Westport. We also learned while grocery bagging for our trip that Kansas City is well known for their jazz and blues musical venues. In March 2012, downtown Kansas City was selected as one of America's best downtowns by Forbes magazine for its rich culture in arts, numerous fountains, upscale shopping and various local cuisine - most notably barbecue.
Just writing this made me overly excited! I visited Kansas City as a young girl and all I remember is sitting on the lap of a large teddy bear in front of a downtown toy store. YAH will hold a parent orientation in mid-September to go over the schedule for the tour. We will arrive back in Hudson before dinnertime Sunday, October 21, 2012. This is a positive, healthy way for your youth to spend their October vacation! Think about it!