Chinese Exchange Program Blossoms At Saugus
Two countries share students.
The day after school got out in June, seven Saugus High School students and World Languages Department Chair and China Exchange Coordinator Patty Stephenson set out to spend the summer at Gao Xin No. 1 High School in Xi’an, China, as part of Saugus’ school-to-school exchange program. The group lived with Chinese host families and attended school daily, improving their abilities to speak, read, write and understand Chinese. The students also learned about Chinese history, calligraphy, art and music. Members of the American exchange team included Melissa Keller, Keith Jordon, Kimi Gibson, Careese Quon, Kimberly Gordon, Amanda Keller and others. The group also toured such areas as the Great Wall and the pre-games Olympic Village.
A week after the Saugus students returned from China, this year’s Chinese students arrived to spend the fall semester at Saugus High School. Linxiao Wang, Shuangshuang Ren (Holly), Gaozheng Jin (Allen), Yuqi Hu (William), and Junlin Liang (Max) have adopted American names, are all living with host families and attending regular and honors classes at Saugus. Their teacher, Hongmei Guo, is also attending classes in order to learn more about the American educational system. The Chinese students will spend five months studying at Saugus before returning home next winter.
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