APPLE VALLEY – Twelve Japanese foreign exchange students visited Mariana Academy on Friday. The students spent the day “shadowing” Mariana’s 7th and 8th grade AVID students AVUSD officials said.
“The Japanese students will get the opportunity to experience an American school and our students will get a brief experience in their culture,” Kristin Dupree, Principal at Mariana Academy, said. “We are hoping that this gives our AVID students a connection to the world beyond the high desert and broadens their awareness of cultural differences and similarities.”
The students were selected for the study abroad trip through their school which will assist them experiencing local culture and tourism. These students will also participate in English as a Second Language —ESL classes. The day was ended by the foreign exchange students sharing a traditional song and dance and teaching Mariana students Japanese calligraphy.
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