An exchange program brought together students from China with families in Croton…..
As part of an ongoing partnership with its sister school in Shanghai, China, Croton-Harmon High School hosted 23 students and two teachers from Jian Ping High School – a cultural exchange that brought Jian Ping students together with CHHS students and their host families for six busy days of classes and activities in and around Croton.
In return, CHHS students learned a great deal about Chinese culture and history, and students from both schools formed strong friendships. CHHS Assistant Principal Mark Maxam and coordinators Garrick and Daisy Yao of the Educational and Professional Exchange hope this will endure, despite the geographical distance between the two groups.
“Students and adults alike enjoyed sharing our friendship, history and cultures, which is exactly what the program is all about,” said Mr. Maxam.
The official exchange ceremony afforded CHHS staff, administrators and hosting students the opportunity to thank the young visitors for joining them. It also served as a time to thank the hosts for their hospitality and generosity.
The ceremony began with a heartfelt thank-you from Mr. Maxam, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Fuhrman Jr. and CHHS Principal Alan Capasso, who presented Chinese teachers who made the trip with a student-quilted “Adrinka Cloth,” which represents respect for diversity and values. The cloth was constructed in Jennifer Moore’s art class. Each student designed a panel of the quilt-like cloth with his or her own motif. The visiting students and teachers gave beautiful gifts in return. Each CHHS student-host then introduced his or her visiting student and proceeded to present each with a Croton-Harmon School District T-shirt and pen.
One Chinese student, Neo, felt very fortunate to be placed with CHHS student Alek Pavloff. “Alek is a good man and his family is awesome! They have a great house, and we’re both interested in sports,” said Neo, an avid basketball player. “We watched the Super Bowl together and visited Grand Central Station, Times Square and three shopping malls. American food is so delicious – especially the pancakes – and I cooked for them, too. Americans are very warm-hearted!”