Monday, April 20, 2009

Student Travel & Personal Safety: Lessons from Beth Holloway

LOVING NATALEE by Beth HollowayAs the school year comes to a close, students will be off on class trips. Older students might spend part of the summer traveling with friends. Now is the time to teach them what they need to know about safe travel.
Beth Holloway's Loving Natalee: The True Story of the Aruba Kidnapping and Its Aftermath holds important lessons for parents, educators, and students. Beth Holloway—a veteran educator—is the mother of Natalee, the young woman who disappeared during a senior-class trip to Aruba. Beth's book is the basis for "Natalee Holloway," a Lifetime movie that premiered on April 19.
At the heart of Beth's reasons for writing Loving Natalee is the hope that no other child and no other parent will have to endure a similar tragedy. She wants all parents and their children to know how to maintain their personal safety when traveling.

To date, Beth has brought this message to tens of thousands of students and parents in high schools and colleges, and at national conventions with a 45-minute presentation. If you would like to have Beth speak at your school, please visit the website of
Executive Speakers Bureau.

Beth and her team also run half-day Travel-Ed Workshops about safe travel which are designed for educators, parents, and students of all ages. Each workshop can be tailored to a school's special needs (i.e. travel locations, age of student, etc.) For more information, please contact

Meanwhile, I encourage you to read Loving Natalee and to share it with your colleagues and students. It's an important book for young people and those who care for them. My hope is that it will find its rightful place on summer reading lists—where Beth's tragically-won wisdom will make a difference in the lives of students.
To consider Loving Natalee for your summer reading list, please order a $5.00 examination copy. If you've already decided to adopt Loving Natalee, please request a desk copy.
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