Carey eighth-grader Raymond Peck has been invited to join an exclusive, 20-day educational travel adventure to the United Kingdom next summer.
The trip is geared to open the young man’s eyes upon the wider world, and earn him some college credits as well.
The Peck family is raising funds for the trip by selling $5 raffle tickets to win benches made by Raymond’s father Roger Peck, a carpenter at Idaho Glulam in Carey.
“I think it will be good for him to get out of Carey and see other places,” his father said. “To meet people over there, and mix with other students on the trip will help Raymond to develop socially.”
Raymond Peck was invited to join the prestigious “People to People” program, which was founded by former president Dwight D. Eisenhower to bring American students abroad in order to promote cross-cultural understanding.
“The program was started to promote peace in this way,” Roger Peck said.
The trip would include a meeting with leaders of the British Parliament, a ride on the London Eye Ferris Wheel, as well as a rafting trip on the River Tay and a rock-climbing session on castle walls in Scotland.
The student would also spend two days with a host family in Ireland, in order to get a real taste of life overseas.
“I am excited about seeing these places and meeting people,” said Raymond, 14. “I learned a lot about the area in geography last year.”
The trip would also be a homecoming of sorts. The Peck family recently traced their genealogy back to the 1648, when the first Pecks came to America from the British Isles.
The cost of the trip is $7,000. About $600 has been raised already from raffles and other donations.
Tina Hattula of Bellevue recently won one of Roger Peck’s benches, which are made from recycled end cuts from oak doors that he built at Idaho Glulam.
Another drawing for a bench will take place on Dec. 15.
Raffle tickets are available at Atkinsons’ Markets in the Wood River Valley, and at Adamson’s Market in Carey.
For more information, call 481-1413.
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