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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and Principals

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             February 10, 2006 

RE:                   Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous   

A Message from Governor John E. Baldacci, First Lady Karen Baldacci, and Education Commissioner Susan Gendron

To Superintendents and Principals:

We are writing to let you know of a unique opportunity involving youth from all 54 states and territories. The Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous is an outstanding program funded by the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. and is specifically designed for youth to walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark while the explorers were in North Dakota.

Students from across the nation who will be high school juniors or seniors by August 2006 will be asked to write an essay that addresses the following question: “In your opinion, what military values most describes the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery journey and why?” (Military values are outlined at the website below.) The essay must be a minimum of 1,000 words, but not more than 1,500 words; can be submitted online at; and must be received before midnight February 28, 2006.

Ten students from each State and territory will be chosen for this experience, and earn an all-expense paid trip to North Dakota, August 13-18, 2006. Students will also be in attendance for the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Signature Event, which will be held in the hometown of Sakakawea, New Town, North Dakota.

We encourage you as leaders and mentors of children to encourage the students in your schools to participate in this chance of a lifetime adventure. For more information, please log onto If you have any questions, please call Maine’s point of contact: Mr. Rick Bach at 207-646-4384.

Thank you for your dedication to the youth of our State.