Middle-schooler seeks help to attend leadership conference in D.C.
Tanner Kolb is a 2011 graduate of John Kennedy Elementary School. She will enter sixth grade at Batavia Middle School this fall. Earlier this year, Tanner was nominated by her fifth-grade teacher, Cassandra Phillips, for the Junior National Youth Leadership Conference that is held in Washington, D.C.
Any financial assistance to help offset the costs of Tanner's trip would be greatly appreciated, says her mom, Cheri Kolb.
Tanner was accepted into the program and is scheduled to attend Oct. 8-13. Her teacher believes her to posses the academic requirements, strength of character, and leadership ability that are the considerations for this conference.
During the conference week, Tanner will attend focus groups revolving around the themes of leadership, freedom, struggle, courage, change, and making a difference at home. She will have various opportunities such as touring Our Nation’s Memorials, the National Museums of AmericanHistory and the American Indian, a walking tour of the Capitol, a photo opportunity at the White House, and a sleepover at the Maryland Science Center.
The goal and purpose of this conference are to build on leadership traits including character, communication, problem solving, respect and teamwork.
Although three students from John Kennedy School were nominated, Tanner is the sole student who is planning to attend the conference and represent the Batavia City School District. She is eager to return home with an expanded set of skills to share right here in our community.
Tanner’s family has planned several fundraisers (to be announced) and has applied for scholarship assistance as the cost of tuition and airfare are significant. There has also been an account set up in Tanner’s name at East End Beverage, on East Main Street, for can and bottle returns.