Jessica Davis and Nicole Agins are holding a Soup & Salad Dinner as a Fundraiser Friday, February 22 from 5 to to 7:30 at the First Baptist Church, 100 Vermont Street. The fundraiser is being held as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program. Tickets are available at Tiffiny's Nail Salon and The Wishing Corner for $7 adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. The price includes a drink a dessert. (Photo by Lisa Van De Hey)

A “Soup & Salad” Fundraising Dinner is being planned for Friday, February 22, 2013 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 100 Vermont Street.

       This fundraiser is being held so that two young Gridley Freshmen can participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program in July.

       Nicole Agins and Jessica Davis have held many fund raisers over the past year in their quest to represent Gridley for a 19 day four country, chance of a lifetime.

       The girls stated they have dreamed of being a part of something important and something that could change the world and themselves.

       The People to People Program began in 1956 during President Eisenhower's term to establish good will and brotherhood between countries. Students are able to visit different countries and interact with people from all over the world when involved in this program.

       The program that the new Gridley students were accepted into is The Heart of Europe program. This trip focuses on community service, understanding other cultures and spreading good will.

       The Heart of Europe program is so in-depth in the history and culture of these countries that it will count for one year of elective high school history credit. An added bonus is the fact that 80 percent of students who have gone through this program are accepted to their first college of course.

       The cost for each student is $7,000 each and the Gridley High students have each raised half of the money needed for the trip.

       This is where the community comes in.

       The Soup & Salad Dinner is just $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. There will be a raffle so prizes are needed to help make this a success.

       One raffle ticket will be given to each ticket holder and additional tickets will be $1 each or six for $5.

       Dinner tickets are  available at Tiffiny's Nail Salon and The Wishing Corner.

       Students are usually nominated for this honor by their teachers and Nicole was actually first invited in the seventh grade but understandably, her mother Yvonne just could not see that happening at her young age.

       The students will visit the Vatican, the Louve, Eiffel Tower and be able to speak with one of the last Holocaust survivors, not to mention help build a castle with a chisel. The castle is said to take 30 years until completion but the Gridley students aren't sure where it is as far as nearing completion.

       They will stay with an Austrian family for two or three nights but the rest of the itinerary is flexible at this point.

       While staying in others homes they are expected to eat what the family eats, participate like a member of the family – for example attend school and church and perform household duties.

       “This is an amazing opportunity,” Nicole said.

       “We meet with the delegates every other month and learn what to expect. We also get to interact with the other kids going on the trip,” Jessica said.

       Students are also going to Japan and Costa Rica but the European contingency is the largest.

       Nicole and Jessica have held bake sales, yard sales, have done yard work and sold 56 dozen tamales to help earn money for their upcoming trip.

       Call Yvonne at 846-1332 or Terri at 846-1322 if you have work for the girls to earn more traveling money.