Visiting Students from China get warm welcome from D7
Smiles are Universal! Thanks to technology the language barrier is hardly an issue for middle school students from Tangshan Middle School #12. This week the District has been privileged to welcome more than 50 young people from Hebei, China for an immersion program that provides the students with a close up look at life in America.
The students are spread out among the District’s three middle schools - Carver, McCracken and EP Todd. In many ways, our Chinese visitors are like D7 teenagers. They have been curious how our students spend their time, and they agreed that, like our students, they enjoy playing sports, shopping, playing online games, and spending time with friends. In general, Chinese teenagers are shyer with adults than American teenagers, but they were able to come out of their shell with some coaxing. Thanks to Christine Horowitz, Director of Instruction Technology (and also host family) telling students they could go to Target if they asked her a question in English broke the ice quickly.
Our students and staff love this partnership and enjoy the opportunity to make friends with kids from another side of the world.