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Sister City Committee Seeking Middle School Students for Travel to Yamanashi City Japan

Post Date:02/07/2019 10:21 AM
The Sioux City Sister City Committee is seeking middle school students that may be interested in a cultural exchange to our Sister City in Yamanashi City Japan. Students and their parents are invited to attend an informational meeting February 12, 13, or 19 at Long Lines Family Recreation Center, 401 Gordon Drive, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Students and their parents need only attend one of the scheduled dates.

The informational meetings are being held to offer students and families a better understanding of the program and generate interest to participate. We ask one or both parents attend the meeting with the interested student. Students must be a middle school student, ages 12-14, with good academic standing and have a clean behavioral record.

The Sister City Student Exchange Program will become a two-way exchange program promoting cultural awareness to American and Japanese middle school students. Since 2006, the City of Yamanashi City, Japan has sent a delegation of middle school students and adults, every other year, to visit Sioux City to experience our culture and learn more about the United States.

This year, the Sister City Committee wishes to establish a program that would send a group of students and adults to Yamanashi City, Japan to create a mutual exchange program between the two cities. The program would bring together both cultures through home-stays, educational opportunities, and travel exploration. To develop and grow the Sister City relationship, Sister |

City committee members felt it was important to establish an exchange program that would provide an opportunity for Sioux City students to experience Japanese culture and learn about Yamanashi City first hand.

Through the efforts of the Sioux City Community School District, a group of middle school students visited Yamanashi City in 2015. Sioux City welcomed a delegation of Yamanashi City students August 2018.

Student Exchange Applications Forms are available and must be completed and received by March 1, 2019. Contact Angel Wallace, awallace@sioux-city.org or 712-279-6115.
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