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Fox Mill Elementary Hosts Japanese Exchange Students - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Oct 19,2017
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Azusa Sakai, Sayuri Iyonaga and Kanami Ninomiya share their hopes for peace after the special assembly at Fox Mill Elementary, where the young trio and seven of their school chums have been visiting as exchange students, hosted by families of Fox Mill students. Photo by Andrea Worker

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By Andrea Worker

HERNDON - In a time when too many people seem determined to focus on what divides them, the students, staff and parents of Fox Mill Elementary School in Herndon quietly go about their business, seeking ways to bring people together. The school has long been known for its Japanese immersion program, with many of the youngsters learning the language to the point where they can take regular curriculum classes in a mix of both English and Japanese. They have participated in Japanese cultural enrichment events and welcomed Japanese performers and artistic and cultural representatives through their doors. This month, they took their interest in all things Japanese, as well as their spirit of cultural curiosity and welcome, to a new level.

From Oct. 7-15, 10 students from Yabe Elementary, just outside of Tokyo, were hosted by Fox Mill families, attended classes at Fox Mill, and joined in to enjoy a variety of activities with both their hosts, and together with other host families and exchange students. Three chaperones accompanied the young ambassadors, who ranged in age from 9-years-old to 11.

After the youngsters arrived and settled in – and recovered from jetlag – their visit started off with a welcome picnic at the school, with Fox Mill principal Brian Moose doing the grill master honors, giving the newcomers a chance to check out their new, temporary academic environment before really getting down to business.

On Oct. 10, a friendship ceremony was held, which included the planting of cherry trees that were donated to Fox Mill by ANA Airlines.

This is Fox Mill’s first time to conduct an exchange program. The hosting opportunity was open to all Fox Mill families, even those without children enrolled in the immersion program.

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