Twenty students and their two teachers arrived in DeForest yesterday for a four-day visit as part of the sister school relationship the school district has established with Shijiazhuang, China.
DeForest Area Middle School students and their families are hosting the guests from China. The group began their visit at Yahara Elementary School. They will also visit the middle and high school this week before leaving for another U.S. destination Thursday evening.
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, organized 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.