Walters will travel to western Canada PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:31
Bob Walters (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bob Walters this summer will take a vacation that any 10-year-old boy dreams about.
Bob, a fifth-grader at Conneaut Elementary in Bowling Green, has been selected as a People to People student ambassador on a trip to western Canada July 3-14.
The family is currently holding a number of fundraisers to help raise $5,000 for the trip.
According to Bob's mother, Karen, the trip itself is $4,500 but with insurance, passport and spending money, she's hoping the family will raise $5,000.
"It's an ongoing full-time, part-time job," she laughed.
Bob was anonymously nominated last fall, and then watched a video on the People to People Web site.
"It's really cool," he said.
"It's starting to become more real to him" every time he watches the video, his mother said.
She is selling homemade Chocolate Peanut Clusters plus raffle tickets for a Kindle Fire HD at Woodland Mall's food court most Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday's from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The family also will have a booth at the mall's Garage Sale on Saturday. A benefit is planned for Tuesday at the Bowling Green Bob Evans where 15 percent of all sales will benefit Bob's trip. A flier must be shown at time of payment. Fliers can be downloaded at Bob's Facebook page, KarenforBob; ask for a copy by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or take a copy of this newspaper article.
The drawing for the Kindle Fire HD will be May 20. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.
The family won the e-reader earlier this school year at Conneaut's annual ice cream social.
Bob won a second Kindle Fire HD by taking first place in a contest at BGSU's Literacy in the Park event.
He'll save one to raffle, and one to take on the trip.
The family also has a trip fund set up at Huntington Bank under the name Robert Walters on Haskins Road.
Highlights of the trip include whale watching, zip-lining, visiting a wolf sanctuary, walking on a glacier, taking a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park and enjoying a panoramic view of the Canadian Rockies, then taking a swim in hot springs at the mountain base.
There are 23 fifth- and sixth-graders from Northwest Ohio going on the trip, including four others from Wood County: Hallie Webb and Ali Cramer from Bowling Green, and Rory Farmer and Kyla McCoy, who both attend Eastwood Schools.
They will meet two other delegations, from Cleveland and Columbus areas, plus a small group from North Dakota. There will be 47 youngsters on the trip plus five supervisors.
The group will fly to Vancouver, then take a ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island. While on the island, they'll go whale watching, and experience a climbing activity set high above a massive Douglas fir forest which includes zip lines, suspended bridges, scramble nets and swinging logs.
Back on the mainland, the group will visit the lakeside town of Kelowna and meet with an archeologist and try their hand at making their own obsidian arrowhead to take home as a keepsake. They'll howl with the wolves at Northern Lights Wildlife Centre in Golden, then travel to the Columbia Icefields, where they will take specialized vehicles for a ride on the Athabasca Glacier.
They'll head to Drumheller, Alberta, and visit Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the largest dinosaur museum on Earth; and back to Calgary for the Canada Olympic Park where Calgary hosted the XV Olympic Winter Games in 1988.
Bob said he was excited "about all the different things we're doing."
"He loves people and he loves to learn new things" and will get to enjoy both on this trip, said Karen Walters.
"You can call this a little boy's dream trip."
Bob said he'll enjoy it because it's a hands-on experience.
"It's not textbooks. You're doing hands on, you're not doing something out of a book."
Bob's family also includes Mike, his father, and Rose and Alice, his sisters.
The youngster has been in chess club for six years, has studied judo for five years, and has been in Boy Scouts five years. His passion, though, is theater: He was just cast in his 13th production (in three years) and will play "Iago" the parrot in Disney's "Aladdin" which will be performed by the Horizon Youth Theatre June 6-8 in Bowling Green.
"I just love doing theater," Bob said.
People to People's mission is to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, creating global citizens and making the world a better place for future generations. The program was created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:45

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