Middle school to participate in Chinese Student Exchange Program

Seeking host families for February 2-6

How do we help students understand and appreciate global diversity?  One way is to build relationships with their peers in other countries.  DeForest Area Middle School students will have this opportunity when they host twenty students and their two teachers for four days (February 2-6) as part of the sister school relationship the school district has established with Shijiazhuang, China.  While learning about America and its people and educational system, our Chinese guests will also find significant ways to teach our school community about their own nation, culture and people. District Administrator, Dr. Sue Borden, is organizing the program between the two schools, and says, “It is incredibly touching and effective when students teach other students!”

According to Borden, this partnership will directly benefit DeForest area students by:

  • Increasing students’ ability to communicate with others globally,
  • Developing students’ understanding of citizenship,
  • Preparing students for future careers that quite likely will have global features,
  • Providing students with real and quality cultural experiences, and
  • Creating in students a sense of understanding and respect across the boundaries of language, nationhood, religion, social status, etc.

“Further, this partnership will help to develop in our students a much stronger understanding and appreciation of issues around diversity,” said Borden.

 At this time, DeForest Area Schools are seeking host families for the twenty students.

 Applications can be requested at the main office of the middle school and through Dr. Borden (842-6577; sborden@deforestschools.org).  One of the single most critical parts to this program is having host families that are willing to share their lives with foreign exchange students for the five days of a Norski Nation experience that will change their lives and ours.

Applications are due no later than December 6, 2013.

Click here for more info and applications

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