Huntington to Host Chinese Cultural Exchange
The Chinese are coming to Huntington High School. As many as 20 students from Tianjin High School No. 1 are expected to be in classrooms here for up to 14 days this winter.
The Huntington School Board approved the district's participation in a Chinese cultural exchange program tentatively scheduled for January 26 top February 9. Volunteer host families in the community will house the visitors. "Pending the success of matches, students not finding hosts would stay with their chaperones in local hotels," according to a memo by students planning the exchange program.
Parents interested in learning more about hosting a Chinese student in their home are invited to attend an informational meeting at Huntington High School on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in room 207 with teacher Jordan Gould and department chairman Joseph Leavy.
The Chinese students will attend Huntington High School classes and immerse themselves in American culture during the trip. They will also be able to do some sightseeing. "Students from both China and Huntington will be able to build bonds and learn about each others' customs, history and school systems firsthand," according to the planning committee's memo.
Organizers want the visitors to experience "the typical American school day by shadowing their Huntington student host partner in their classes," the planning committee told district officials. "They will participate in a comprehensive set of planning activities with their Huntington peers centered around specific themes; these activities will be modeled on the earlier successful exchange Huntington High School students had several years ago with students from Woodstock, Vermont."
The first week of the visit will consist of the Chinese shadowing their hosts while the second week will find them at spending time at the Cold Spring Harbor Lab.
"We are highly optimistic that this program will be thoroughly beneficial, both instructionally and personally for students from Huntington and Tianjin since nothing can possibly replace an actual experiential learning opportunity between different peoples from different nations which will establish trust and knowledge of one another," organizers of the exchange said.
The exchange program is being organized by students and teachers involved in the International Sister School Initiative. "We recall with pride the previous exchange a few years ago between Huntington High School and students from Italy and are confident this experience will be of a similar quality," ISSI participants wrote in a memo.
Huntington students are hoping to visit Tianjin, China next year, either during a school vacation or over the summer.