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Page 12 VtJ {'_(&IMIIIIIT? 1[ Te r,, - August 1,2012 m Josai From page 1 cal schools, all the time, he said. "At this point, we're looking for someone to be the coordina- tor," Schrader said. Burford, who retired last year, won't be doing it any more. SHHS Principal Keith Win- slow has been looking for someone to take over the program, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, but he hasn't found anyone Need Business Cards? We can design your card for youl Call for pricing. = 367-2135 yet. It was under these conditions that Schrader was unaware of ad- ditional steps that were necessary, including a $2,300 permit fee. After additional notification, the district paid the fee, with funds taken from tuition payments from Josai that were set aside by the dis- trict, Schrader said. He explained the situation to the federal officials and asked if they could help get it done quickly, Schrader said, but they all told him the district needs to get its applica- tion in. Schrader said he sent a letter to Rep. Peter DeFazio seeking help with the situation, but he hasn't heard back from DeFazio's office. "We're in their system, so we're just kind of waiting for up- dated information," Schrader said. In a letter to Josai's coordina- tors in Japan, Burford said she is trying hard to get permission for the two exchange students to come to Sweet Home as planned. "However, the U.S. Govern- ment will not issue them 1-20 forms to visit Sweet Home High School because our certification has lapsed," Burford said. "This was apparently a new mandate of which our new superintendent was not aware. There has never before been an expiration date on Sweet Home's ability to host foreign stu- dents." A previous coordinator told Burford that Sweet Home has nev- er had to reapply for certification before this new rule took effect, Burford said. Last week, federal of- ficials told her that it may take up to a year to complete the certification. "I have contacted our U.S. congressman, Peter DeFazio, and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden," Burford said. Wyden's office promised an answer within a few days. Burford also contacted a pri- vate exchange student service, which said it could place the stu- dents at a different school but could not place them at SHHS. "I'm so very sad to give you this news," Burford said in her let- ter to the Japanese coordinators. "When Bob (Burford) and I were in Japan, our new superintendent reported to us that he was trying to fix the problem so that the Josai stu- dents could come to Sweet Home. I have been trying for months, before and after our trip to Josai, to correct this problem. During our Japan vis- it, I truly believed that the problem would be fixed before now." Burford sees only one hope now, she said. That is if Wyden can get SEVIS to allow the girls to come to Sweet Home. "I'm so sorry that Sweet Home School District has disappointed you and your students," Burford said. "To see a 30-year-long pro- gram stopped suddenly like this is heartbreaking. Many citizens in Sweet Home will be saddened when they hear this news. I will continue to do my best to try and repair this situation so that hopefully the pro- gram can resume soon." In a speech, also presented as an open letter to Sweet Home, giv- en June 22 during a 30th-anniversa- ry celebration at Josai when Sweet Home students were visiting there, Josai Principal Mashimo Sensei higMighted the 30-year relation- ship between the schools. "During that time, many stu- dents have had the opportunity to study abroad at Sweet Home High School. It is hard to believe that there is not a family in Sweet Home that has not hosted a Josai student over the years. We have only been able to continue this program be- cause of the cooperation and un- derstanding of the people .of Sweet Home. "The many students who have studied abroad at Sweet Home were able to find their dream there and come closer to making it a reality. "I have visited Sweet Home High School on two occasions. And although he has since passed on, Mr. Wenzel took very good care of us while we were there. One of my oldest friends is Rob Younger, Sensei (teacher). "He has since retired. Steven Hummer, Cynde and Bob Burford, my friends. The clean water, lush greenery, the kindness of the peo- ple, Sweet Home definitely lives up to its namesake, for it truly is a sweet home. "The interactions of young people soon becoming friends, should not only be seen as a path of improving relations between Ja- pan and America but as a way that countries around the world can im- prove relations and achieve peace. 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