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Student leaders raising funds for D.C. trip

Sunnyside's Promise is sponsoring a book sale this Saturday, Oct. 8, to help Sunnyside High School students raise funds to attend the National Communities Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

The students will be selling books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial Square. The students will also have a story time for children during the sale.

The Youth Leadership Summit, scheduled for the second week of February 2006, provides workshops geared toward developing student leadership skills, network opportunities with other youth from across the nation who are also working to help their peers, and a chance to attend Capitol Hill Day with area lawmakers.

Students attending the summit are working on positively impacting their peers through activities and healthy decisions by providing alternatives to young people who are tempted to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Leaders in Action are Sunnyside High school students who are club presidents, sports captains or students identified as leaders in their school.

Approximately $1,500 will be needed per student making the trip to D.C. They have until the end of the year to raise the funds.

The Sunnyside students are developing awareness programs for classroom presentations in Sunnyside schools.

Over the past two years many of them have made a stand against drugs and have taken on the difficult task of being a healthy role model and setting a new norm within the community.

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