Every June, South Carolina’s electric co-ops send high school juniors on an expense-paid trip to our nation’s capital. Horry Electric sponsors two students each year. While in DC, the students meet South Carolina’s congressmen, visit monuments and historic sites, eat out at restaurants and take part in special Youth Tour programs with 1,500 other juniors from across America.
Employees of S.C. co-ops and our state association usually serve as chaperones on the five-day trip. This year, teachers are being given a chance to chaperone to help get the word out about the educational value of the Youth Tour, which fosters student leadership and teaches them about cooperatives and government. For more information, visit YouthTour.coop.
The state association pays each teacher-chaperone’s costs for transportation, hotel room, exhibit admissions and three meals a day. The deadline to apply is February 4. Interested teachers should contact Toni Gore, Horry Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour coördinator, at 843.369.6359 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download an application at horryelectric.com or at ecsc.org.