Colby-Sawyer Students Travel to D.C. for Summit

Save the ChildrenTwo Colby-Sawyer College sophomore public health students, Lila Bradley & Molly Pfenning, recently had the opportunity to attend the annual Save the Children Advocacy Network summit in Washington, D.C. during their spring break.  

I spoke to Lila about her experience recently, and how it has impacted her future in the public health field.  She informed me that Save the Children is an international organization with a mission of increasing childhood education domestically as well as ending preventable disease and increasing child and maternal health internationally.  

After hearing about the summit from her advisor, Shari Goldberg, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, Lila completed the application in early December and soon learned that she received a scholarship to attend the summit in D.C. 

There, she spent three days attending conferences on early childhood education, child and maternal health, and how to initiate change in her own community. 

Specifically, Lila told me that the conferences emphasized the need to support local organizations such as HeadStart early development programs in schools; these essential programs are often underfunded and suffer from a lack of basic supplies. 

The trip culminated in an exciting opportunity to go to Capitol Hill to meet and speak with US Senator Maggie Hassan on issues they are particularly concerned about in New Hampshire. Some of the issues that they discussed included the need for increased government funding for early childhood development programs as well as the policies Senator Hassan is considering initiating in NH to improve early childhood education.  

Upon returning to school, the two students have started a Save the Children club on campus, hoping to raise awareness of the organization and their mission; and perform such activities as book drives for local preschools and Head Start programs, among other projects.  Lila told me she found the trip, “Exhausting but empowering. And it definitely validated my reason for being in public health.”  We can’t wait to see what these students do with their newly gained knowledge from this wonderful opportunity. You can learn more about this worthy organization and all the work they do at https://www.savethechildren.org/.
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