The program offering Baylee a chance to visit Europe is the People to People Student Ambassador Program, founded by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The program chooses potential ambassadors from among students nominated by their teachers. The students are given training and indoctrination courses on customs and history of their destination countries, then taken in groups to stay with host families.
Several Boyle County students have participated in the program over the years, according to People to People.
"The $5,000 fee pays for everything for the student," said Kelly Pulliam. "That includes transportation, meals, accommodations and activities. It's really a small price to pay for this kind of opportunity."
Baylee herself is no stranger to civic activities. She is involved in the community in a big way, and recently ran a lemonade stand, the profits from which were donnated to charitable organizations. She's involved in school clubs, the student newspaper, and plays the violin in her spare time.
"I had a poem published earlier this year," she said. "I like to write."
The writing skills should come in handy when she returns from her overseas trip July 4. Student ambassadors from the program are asked to speak to area schools about their experiences, and Baylee said she plans to keep a journal to share with civic organizations.
"I thought one way I could repay any sponsors would be to take pictures and write about what I see and who I meet," she said. "Then I could come back home and tell people about it."
She has contacted local service organizations and clubs regarding her financial needs, and her church in Bardstown plans to help by partnering with her family in a pancake sale.
Persons or organizations wishing to sponsor Baylee Pulliam may donate at Bank One on Third Street. People desiring more information may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 936-9826.