Monday, April 10, 2006
By RAELYNN RICARTE
News staff writer
March 18, 2006
A group of 8th-grade students from Tsuruta, Japan, will arrive March 25 for a week-long exchange with their American counterparts, but so far there are not enough host families to accommodate them, says Betty Carrithers of Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City.
“Our need for host families is urgent,” she wrote to the News. “Spring vacation is here for the week the Tsuruta students are here, and many of our potential host families have gone for their spring vacation.
“We had been hoping to place them with 8th-grade students, but with the situation as it is, any family who would consider hosting two Japanese students, age 14, please call.”
Also visiting will be Tsuruta’s mayor, Kenji Nakano, a junior high school teacher and a staff member from the town office.
Among the activities planned during their stay are a visit to the grave of the late Ray (Chop) Yasui, a short welcome at Hood River Middle School, and a tree planting ceremony on the school grounds for Tsuruta’s gift of two flowering cherry trees.
Hood River Sister City will provide activities for the students during their visit; they just need a place to stay, Carrithers says.
Those willing to open their homes are urged to call Sue Collins at 386-3027 or 386-6800.
Youth hosts are also invited along on the outings during spring break, Collins noted.
Please turn to page A9 for a photo of the visiting Japanese students and more about the Tsuruta-Hood River Sister City Program.
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