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h .a, ,. - October I 0, 2012 VouR COhl/HUNITV Page 7 m Josai From page 1 The three Josai faculty mem- bers spent Wednesday in Salem and Stayton, visiting their students who are going to school there. On Thursday the three were hosted at a reception that includ- ed School Board President Jason Redick and members Jan Sharp and Mike Reynolds, Supt. Don Schrader, new Josai Coordinator Deborah Handman, Mayor Craig Fentiman, and various teachers, students and community mem- bers. Principal Keith Winslow wel- comed the visitors, noting that "1,300 kids have benefited from this program over the years." He said that he had received a letter from Josai officials and had responded with one of his own agreeing that the program must continue. Kato, with Robinson acting as translator, expressed Josai's "ap- preciation" for its 30-year relation- ship with Sweet Home. "From now on we're work- ing to build a stronger relationship between the two schools," he said, adding that Josai plans to bring 10 to 20 students next summer for its bi-annual two-week visit to Sweet Home and hopes to send two stu- dents next fall to attend Sweet Home High School. "We really look forward to working togeth- el'." Kato said he appreciated how "'so many people on both sides put aside their busy schedules to try to make this thing work." Winslow said he appreciated the congenial spirit of the visit. "We've had a lot of laughs," he said. "I've enjoyed it." Several at the event told of their own or their children's expe- riences on Josai tours. Nancy Ellis, a teacher whose son Joey traveled to Japan in 2004, told of how her son, now 24, brought his backpack home on a recent visit and she found an album of photos of that trip in the pack. "It was very important to him," she said. Former Josai coordinator Steve Hummer recalled that Ellis' trip was also Hummer's first. "I had no idea what I was getting into at first," he said. "I had the time of my life. I ate raw horsemeat. I karaoke'd in front of the PTA at Tokyo Bay." Allen Buzzard, who with Dawn Barringer Waldrop were the first Josai exchange students in 1972, said the Sweet Home stu- dents' year in Tokyo was "as much an experience for them as for us. " The program was the brain- child of Harold Merzenich Smith, who taught English at Josai in the early 1970s. The long-term program was actually founded by George Wenzel, and Martina Mer- zenich, Harold's mother who, he said, traveled to Tokyo at her own expense as the first envoy from Sweet. Home and Spoke before the entire student body at Josai's lkebukuro campus, inaugurating the relationship between the two Photo by Scott Swanson Sweet Home High School Principal Keith Winslow, right, speaks as, from left, Cyndi Burford and Josai faculty mem- bers Hiroko Yoshida, Vice Principal Terataka Kato and Roger Robinson listen during a reception at the high school. schools. Robinson said Sweet Home represents an extreme cultural change for Josai students, who live in metropolitan Tokyo. "It's so different from the sprawl of Tokyo," he said. "Here, the students get to let their hair down. There's openness." There's also a hospitable spir- it, he said. "I think the main thing is the people, the people who take them in." Former Josai coordinator Cyn- di Burford, who worked to keep the program alive after the red- tape problems arose, said she felt the visit was fruitful in ensuring the continuation of the exchange. "I felt that they accomplished everything they wanted to," she said. "They came over with a list and they accomplished everything on that list. They kept saying they felt really happy about being able to meet us face to face. They thor- oughly enjoyed meeting the staff and community that was at the reception. It was a very positive feeling." Burford said program orga- hizers are awaiting word from the U.S. Immigration and Cus- toms Enforcement's Student and Exchange Visitor Program, bet- ter known as SEVIS, that the pa- perwork is complete and the high school's certification is approved. "We are still hoping to have it by December, so Josai can start the advertising process for their par- ents," Burford said. She said that talks with the Jo- sai administrators have led to dis- cussion of expanding the program to include visits of two months or half a year in addition to the two- week summer tours and the year- long program. She said such an addition would be particularly at- tractive tO students in sports, who don't want to miss a whole year of competition. "Josai wants to expand and offer more," she said. "It's kind of their little niche. Parents are send- ing their students there because of these exchange opportunities." r m i m i m m m m m m m m i ! BACC)0000: BBQ BACON, .... CRUNCH BURGER I - MAKE IT A COMBO . INCLUDES FRIES & REG. 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