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Elgin students need help paying for trip to China

Updated: February 18, 2014 6:03AM

ELGIN — A group of seven Elgin High School students is seeking donations to help fund their trip to Shanghai, China, for the Global Student Leaders Summit.

Sponsored by Education First, the summit will bring together students from across the world to examine the topic of Social Responsibility in the New Global Economy.

The cost of the trip is $4,600 per student and is being organized by Elgin High School teacher John Devine.

“I am so pleased that U46 is able to provide our students with an international experience that expands their horizons and gives them a firsthand look at what it means to compete in a global society,” Superintendent José Torres said in a release. “I am grateful that many of our area businesses recognize the value of international study and have already made generous contributions.”

During the March 14-22 trip, students will:

Attend seminars with keynote speakers including former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. as well as economists Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson.

Participate in tours exposing students to China’s economic growth and development.

Attend expert workshops on issues such as social enterprise and employment in the global marketplace.

Work in collaborative teams with students from China on developing solutions to complex global issues and present their solutions during the culminating Innovation Village event.

Visit cultural and historical landmarks in Beijing.

“This trip has the power to inspire students to pursue careers in international business and to have a more global understanding of their opportunities after high school,” Devine said.

The deadline to donate is Jan. 31. Donations can be sent to: Elgin High School, Attn: China Summit, 1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin, IL 60120; or they can be made online at

The students already have raised more than $20,000. Donations have been made by BDG International, Honest Tea, Wanxiang, John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc., the Seigle Family Foundation, the Hoffer Foundation, Acuitive Solutions, RTI International, teachers, alumni and family members.

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