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Sister School Exchange Survives the Snow Storm!

The journey was a long one for the five students and their teacher, Ms. Yan (Catherine) Zhang, but everything the group has learned and the friendships they have made have been well worth it!  Marvin Ridge was honored this month to host our second group exchange students from our sister-school, High School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University, JianNing Campus  in Nanjing, China. 

Yihan Jiang (Felicity), Yuchen Sun (Coco), Quan Zhu (Robbin), Chunyan Zhao (Trinity), Yifeng Xiao(Frank) arrived early in the morning of February 1 after two flights totaling over 20 hours and an extended delay at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  Host families greeted students at the airport in Charlotte, and all were officially welcomed later that evening, at a Chinese New Year themed reception at the home of our Chinese teacher, Mrs. Xiaohong Hu-Mueller. 

The rest of the first week included attending classes with host students and others, traveling into Charlotte for field trips, spending time with the host families, cooking international fare with Foods II, cheering for the Mavericks at our home basketball games, and, of course, shopping! One special event the guest and host students were able to attend this year was a Charlotte Checkers Hockey Match. Duke Energy donated box seats, and students were treated to the game and lunch.

When the weather forecast showed the impending snow storm arrival, early departure arrangements were made, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Flights were cancelled Tuesday through Friday, so our visiting students have a story to share for a lifetime: they were stranded in the snow during their visit to America! Host families and students made the best of it, though, and the guest students were able to fly out on President’s Day Monday and spend an extra night in Chicago.

Host families this year were Jen and Gary King with daughter Dana; Tony and Donna McRee with daughter Rebecca; Alpana and Devesh Patel with son Rahi; David and Ellen Scott with son Ryan; and Norman and Melissa Wilson with son Ryan.   Ms. Zhang spent her time at the home of Mrs. Hu-Mueller. A huge thank you to all of these folks for opening their homes to our guests. 

Thank you to all Marvin Ridge staff, students, and families for your help and hospitality in making this visit a great success.  We are proud that our sister-school partnership continues to grow and build strong bonds between our students, our schools, and even our two countries.   

Written by: Lisa Justice
Posted: Feb 23, 2014 by Lisa Justice

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