NO. R-254. House concurrent resolution congratulating Linda Wheatley and Suvannee Promchan for their roles in the Montpelier High School students’ 2005 excursion to Thailand.
Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier.
Offered by: Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District and Senator Scott of Washington District.
Whereas, a group of 19 Montpelier High School students, a visiting exchange student from Thailand, and four chaperones were able to experience first-hand the diverse aspects of Thai society during a two-and-one-half week journey to the southeast Asian nation, and
Whereas, this extraordinary educational adventure was brought to fruition through the dynamic leadership of Linda Wheatley, a parent of a Montpelier High School student, and a staff member at the University of Vermont’s Snelling Center for Government, and
Whereas, although not officially a Montpelier High School activity, the project was supported by the school, and
Whereas, in order to develop a team of students and chaperones unified and ready for the trip and to assure the project’s success upon arrival in Thailand, the group spent two days camping at Button Bay where it worked with a facilitator, and
Whereas, across the Pacific in Thailand, Suvannee Promchan, a university researcher, children’s advocate for UNICEF, and former colleague of Linda Wheatley’s, arranged the group’s itinerary and joined it as a special guide, and
Whereas, through a variety of projects, Linda Wheatley met her ambitious fundraising goal, which included both the trip’s expenses and money for the establishment of a scholarship for needy Thai students desirous of completing high school (the Montpelier to Thailand Isaarn Scholarship Fund), and
Whereas, prior to departure, the students took Thai language lessons and met with Buddhists to learn about Thailand’s predominant religion, and
Whereas, once in Thailand, the group visited both the contemporary capital, Bangkok, and its ancient predecessor Ayutthaya, ancient Khmer ruins, a national park, a market on the Laotian border, Ubon, Suvannee Promchan’s hometown, and made a number of broadcast media appearances, and
Whereas, the highlight of the trip was a four-day stay at a rural rice farming village where the students and chaperones stayed in pairs with families who, despite never having hosted tourists, welcomed their guests with great warmth, and
Whereas, Suvannee Promchan, and her son Pai, a college junior, will travel to Montpelier and will attend the Montpelier High School graduation, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates Linda Wheatley and Suvannee Promchan for their development of an extraordinary intercultural journey for Montpelier High School students, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Linda Wheatley and Suvannee Promchan.
The Vermont General Assembly
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