Chinese youth visit Rossford, Eastwood PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:19
Exchange student Yi Yang Cheng from Lanzhou, China, talks with Eastwood School District students Ethan DeWese (left) and Logan Baugher during lunch at Rossford Junior High School. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Two area schools are hosting 21 youths from China as part of the second annual Youth Ambassador Exchange program for middle schools.
Rossford Junior High and Eastwood Middle School have opened their doors to the students, ages 12 to 14, and two teachers from the province of Gon Su in China for three weeks.
The students at both schools attended their respective boards of education meetings Tuesday.
At Eastwood, the 11 students each were asked to give their "American" name then their Chinese name, then introduce their student mentor and the family they were staying with.
The program offers 'the true American experience," said Val Virag, regional director of American Culture Exchange Service, which sponsors the exchange program. 
Nearly all of them said they loved America and Eastwood.
"It's really been a good experience for our kids," said John Obrock, Eastwood Middle School principal.
But, he added, the youngsters will eat only cheeseburgers.
At the Rossford meeting, 10 junior high students introduced themselves using both
China exchange student, Niu Tong, right, from Lanzhou, China, goes through a lunch line with Eastwood students Grant Hirzel, left, and Jacob Zatko during lunch at Rossford Junior High.
their Chinese names and their American monikers.
Their teacher Wang Lijuan, who goes by the name "Summer," said there are notable differences in schools in the two countries.
Class sizes here are smaller. In China her classes can have more than 60 students in them. And while students move from class to class in Rossford, in China it is the teacher who is on the move,
Wang Lihuan also noted, "American students have special ability to create something."
Their schedule also includes trips to the Imagination Station in Toledo, Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., and a Walleye hockey game in Toledo. They will also tour area schools and colleges and go bowling. Daily, they will attend classes and participate in after-school sports or band practices.
The goal of the program is to see how much English and American culture the students can absorb in three weeks, as well as share their Chinese culture.
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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:31

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