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WASHINGTON, DC - Delaware high school student Britt Eichner's dedication to service will bring her to the United States Capitol tomorrow where she will join Senator Tom Carper for National Service Day. Eichner will spend the day shadowing the Senator and will listen firsthand to Tom Ridge's testimony before the Senate Government Affairs Committee. It will be Ridge's first appearance before the Senate as Director of Homeland Security. "Students like Britt represent the real promise of community service. I am proud to say that in Delaware, people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to solve problems and strengthen communities through national service projects across the state," Carper said. "At a time when Americans from all walks of life are asking what they can do to help make our nation safer and stronger, national service offers an answer." Britt Eichner is from Bear, Delaware. A rising senior at Archmere Academy with a 4.0 GPA, Britt embodies dedication to service. As Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation Ambassador, she volunteered more than 100 hours of service to the community. Last spring she mobilized faculty and student mentors to adopt neighborhood families in need. As proof that living with diabetes doesn't have to slow anyone down, Britt just completed her fifth Bike-a-Thon for the American Diabetes Foundation Tour de Cure. And she recently spent a weekend in Western Philadelphia revitalizing neighborhoods in a community cleanup. In the wake of the surge of patriotism following the events of September 11th, national service is at the center of national debate. Carper will join the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and New Democrats across the country in calling for the expansion of national service opportunities in a "National Service Day" on Thursday, June 20th. Carper is the DLC Chair for Best Practices.