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Students Experience Presidential Inauguration With People to People.

WASHINGTON -- Six-hundred students from throughout the United States and across the globe are gathering this week in for the People to People Presidential Inauguration, a unique conference program offering insight and access into the 2005 Presidential Inauguration. They are accompanied by a team of 100 educators and program coordinators.

The students, all alumni of People to People Student Ambassador Programs and conferences, have been preparing for the Inauguration for months. Their educational materials have provided them with background on the U.S. government, the election process and the Electoral College. They participated in their own online presidential election, in which the victory went to President George W. Bush.

On Jan. 20, the students will attend the Inauguration Ceremony and will enjoy highly coveted bleacher seats during the afternoon Inaugural Parade. More than 400,000 people are expected to line Pennsylvania Avenue for the parade, and of them only 40,000 will be seated. That evening the students will participate in a formal Inaugural Ball. Such exclusive access and hands-on learning opportunities are the hallmarks of People to People educational journeys and conferences.

Other activities planned for the students, ages 13 to 18, include a visit to Mount Vernon and Monticello, the historic estates and gardens of Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. They will receive a certificate of achievement and a special book about the event, and a commemorative medallion from Mary Jean Eisenhower, CEO of People to People International and granddaughter of the organization's founder, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Eisenhower founded People to People during his presidency to foster world friendship and understanding. Conferences such as the People to People Presidential Inauguration fulfill this mission by developing young leaders and promoting their understanding of domestic and international affairs.

As with all of our programs, the safety and well-being of every participant is our number one priority. For this reason, People to People Student Ambassador Programs, coordinator of the People to People Presidential Inauguration, does not release the names or contact information for any students on our programs.

People to People Student Ambassador Programs is headquartered and based in Spokane, Wash., and employs 200 people.
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