Kittery hosts exchange students

 

Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program celebrates 22nd year

Shapleigh School student Beti Stevens, far right, helps the student she is hosting, Miu Tanaka, center, and Kitamuki Maiko, left, select food during a welcome celebration Friday night at First Congregational Church in Kittery Point for Japanese students in the Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program.<br />
Photo by Ioanna Raptis/Seacoastonline
Shapleigh School student Beti Stevens, far right, helps the student she is hosting, Miu Tanaka, center, and Kitamuki Maiko, left, select food during a welcome celebration Friday night at First Congregational Church in Kittery Point for Japanese students in the Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program. Photo by Ioanna
Picture by Raptis/Seacoastonline

 

By Jesse Scardina
jscardina@seacoastonline.com
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

KITTERY, Maine — The start of potential life-long, cross-cultural friendships began Friday night at the First Congregational Church, where a group of 12 Japanese exchange students arrived to meet their American counterparts.

The Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program is in its 22nd annual year bringing Japanese students to the Seacoast town for a weekend of cultural diversification. Each Shapleigh Middle School student introduced him or herself in Japanese before their exchange student did the same in English.

 

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