SSMS prepares for Japanese visitors


STANDISH — For the third straight year, Standish-Sterling Middle School (SSMS) is preparing for a student exchange program with Aichi Middle School, located in Nagoya, Japan.

SSMS Principal Beverly Skinner says some students are already starting to get excited about the 20 foreign visitors, 16 students, four adults, who will arrive on Oct. 29.

“The students that are hosting are very excited,” Skinner said.

During the trip to Standish, which Skinner says will last from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, the Japanese students will be able to get a glimpse of American schools and culture, much like the students from Standish that went to Nagoya last year did.

“They’re (Japanese students) going to come to school. … We’re (SSMS) going to have an activity night on Oct. 30,” Skinner said, adding host families are making preparations too. “They’re trying to plan some things an American family would do together. … One family’s planning a hayride.

“They’re (Japanese students) looking for a rural experience.”

She added the kids from the East, which range from grades 7-9, will also get to celebrate Halloween with the local students, watch a Standish-Sterling playoff football game, go on farm tours and check out local stores and businesses.


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