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Rural Electric Youth Tour

Claiborne Electric sponsored two local students as part of the 54th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.


Representing Claiborne Electric were Hayden Finley of Sibley and Emily Allen of Homer.


Since Claiborne Electric began participating in the annual Youth Tour program, dozens of local students have benefited from what has often been described as a “life changing” experience. For their trip to Washington, the local students joined a group of 25 other students and chaperones from electric cooperatives across the state. While in Washington, the students joined more than 2,000 others from 46 states for the annual program.


“The purpose of this program is to give local students a chance to develop leadership skills, learn how electric cooperatives work, see our government in action and tour Washington, D.C.,” said Claiborne Electric General Manager Mark Brown. “We’re happy that these local students had a great time in Washington and that the cooperative could make this once-in-a-lifetime event possible for them. I know they learned a lot and represented Louisiana well.”


Claiborne Electric’s Youth Tour Coordinator EmmaLee Tingle said the cooperative is proud to continue supporting the worthwhile program that builds leadership skills and enriches the lives of each participant. “Working with these young people is a real joy, to see them experiencing an important part of our national history and heritage for the first time and to know that something we are doing is making a difference in their lives,” she said.


During the week-long Youth Tour, the students learned about electric co-ops, visited Capitol Hill to meet Louisiana Senators and Representatives and had the unique chance to act as lobbyists and voice their concerns and pose their questions directly to lawmakers. Students also visited the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum complex and the Newseum. During their trip, the Louisiana students also visited the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial.


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