This article appeared on Page 26 of the Hokkaido Newspaper today, July 18th.
On the 16th, three students visiting from Saroma’s sister city, Palmer, Alaska, USA, deepened cultural understanding with the children at Wakasa Elementary.
The link between the town and the City of Palmer began in 1980. Every year, junior and senior high school students undertake reciprocal visits. Those visiting currently are Rebecca Farley (13), Dena Christiansen (14), and Erin Vincent (14). From the 14th to the 27th, while experiencing homestays, they will be attending Saroma Junior High School and sightseeing around Hokkaido.
On their visit to Wakasa Elementary, they accompanied the town AET (Assistant English Teacher) Sean Holland (25). They shared popular American dances such as the “Chicken Dance” with the students, and experienced cultural exchange through mutual self-introductions in English.