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Letters to the Editor

25 years of exchange students

At our most recent monthly O.P.E.N. Sister City meeting, we discussed a brief history of our Community Student Exchange Program with some interesting facts and figures.

Over the last 25 years, our community has hosted a total of 42 students from our sister cities in WuChi City, Taiwan and Smila, Ukraine. What great memories by dozens of host families. How proud we can be as a community over this ongoing program where students are welcomed into our area to attend high school for a year. They head back home with numerous experiences and stories that can be told the rest of their lives.

During this time, we welcomed two young men into our home for a school year, both at different times from the same family. We have kept in touch over the years, with members of our family making return visits, where they were welcomed with open arms.

We are still accepting names of interested host families for this school year and into the future. Please give me a call at 614-792-6248 if you would like a little future information for your family or for your friends and neighbors.

It has been my privilege to be involved with our sister city organization for the past 25 years.

John McNeer

Newton

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