HOLDEN, Maine — Makayla Quimby, 13, an eighth-grader at Holbrook Middle School in Holden, has her sights set on France, Italy and Greece this summer. She was chosen to be a student ambassador in People to People, founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
In order to make the trip abroad, Makalya must raise $7,190 by June 1. To that end, a chili supper will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Holbrook school cafeteria. The cost is $5, or $15 for a family of four. The event also will include a silent auction. Items up for bid include a night out for two with dinner, movie and a baby sitter; several quilts and afghans; and gift certificates to restaurants.
During her trip, Makayla, the daughter of Karen Brown and Demian Quimby of Eddington, will do a service project at a U.S. Military Cemetery in Greece. In Italy, she will visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Coliseum and the Vatican. In France stops will include parliament, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. “I can’t wait to see the ‘Mona Lisa,’” she said.
Makayla participates in her school’s Big Buddies program mentoring a sixth-grader who needs help with homework and with setting goals. An honor roll student, she also takes part in the Holbrook Helper’s program. “We made a meal at a homeless shelter, did the Polar Dip for Camp CaPella and went to a nursing home and the veterans home in Bangor to play board games with the people who live there,” she said. She also is co-captain of the school cheerleading team, is in the yearbook club, band and chorus, and plays soccer and softball.
Those who want to donate items for the silent auction may call Karen Brown at 659-4681 to arrange pickup or drop-off.