Chalupa Dinner Benefits Boys And Girls State Programs


The American Legion Post 90 in Los Alamos is hosting a Chalupa Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Friday at 1325 Trinity Dr.

Proceeds from the dinner help support the Legion’s Boys State and Girls State programs in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.

Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments.

Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works. High school girls, who have completed their Junior year, spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at Auxiliary-sponsored Girls State programs in every state (with the exception of Hawaii).

In most cases, expenses associated with attending either the Boys State or the Girls State program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business, or another community-based organization.


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