“I think that schools need to have programs that give their students more of a world view instead of a centralized view of where we live ... and I think schools need to have places in their budget for things like this,” Carlin said.
This school year, for the first time, Peru’s Model U.N. experience was not funded by the district budget, a program cut to help control spending.
The students held fundraisers to cover the cost of transportation, lodging and fees for the conference, including a bottle drive and volleyball tournament. The Student Council and local businesses gave donations, as well.
“Aside from the fact that they had to do all their prep for Harvard this year, they had to fund raise about $5,500, which they did,” adviser Peter McCormick said.
Other area Harvard Model U.N. groups rely on fundraisers and donations to remain active, too; some others are funded by their school districts.
And in some cases, such as at NCCS, the program is supported by a combination of both district funds and student efforts.
Several of the area’s participating schools also pool together to share the costs of transporting their students to Boston each year.
“Harvard Model United Nations introduces our North Country children to the world,” CCRS Harvard Model U.N. adviser Steve Cross said in an email.
“I want to thank all of the sponsors, school boards, parents and community members for helping to provide that opportunity. I sincerely hope to continue the North Country’s longstanding tradition of competing against some of the world’s best students.”
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