Dana Slayton has two loves in life- one is the German language, and the other is her guitar.
The 8th grader at Chickahominy Middle School has been playing and writing songs since she was in fourth grade.
"I either hear a melody in my head, or I hear one or two lines of the lyrics, or I hear a title. It'll just come to me," said Slayton.
A big idea came to the straight "A" student after she was recently accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Summer Program. She wants to participate in the program's European Heritage Tour.
"They're going to at least three German-speaking countries, and I'm very excited about that because I love speaking German," said Slayton.
So, she is using her other love- the guitar- to get into the program.
Dana has recorded an album of songs she has written over the years, and she is selling her album to raise money for her trip.
"The tuition is $7000 this summer, and we're trying to raise about as much of that as we can," said Slayton.
She has raised close to $2000 already, but she still has a ways to go.
Dana is performing in various venues throughout the area, showcasing some of the eight original songs found on her new album.
While she is pleased with the results of her first big musical project, she is even more pleased to take on the responsibility of doing something for herself.
"We need to learn as students and in a society where entitlement mentality sort of ebbs and flows and increases more in our lives, we need to learn self responsibility and I think it ultimately increases the reward in the end," said Slayton.
Dana hopes her dream will come true this summer with your help.
The album is available for download on iTunes. All you need to do is search the title "We are the Dreamers" by Dana Slayton. The album is also available for purchase from the Slayton family. Send an email to tripleDdimensions@comcast.net to place an order.
All proceeds from the sale of this album will go directly toward Slayton's participation in the People to People program.
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