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Kittery Celebrates 20 Years Of Japanese Exchange Program!

posted May 6, 2013, 6:27 AM by Seth Cole
The Kittery-Tobu Exchange Program marked its 20th anniversary this spring, as more than two dozen Japanese students and adults visited Kittery from April 26-May 1. Visitors from Oirase and Rokunohe, Japan arrived in Kittery on Friday, April 26, at which time a dozen Japanese students were paired with a Shapleigh homestay student for the next five days. Following a fun weekend that included touring the area and enjoying the wonderful weather, the Shapleigh School welcomed our faraway friends with an Opening Assembly on Monday, April 29. The Assembly included words of welcome from Superintendents Allyn Hutton and Takeshi Hakamada, Acting Town Manager Maryann Place, Japanese Council General Mr. Aniya, and Mayor Yoshida. The assembly also introduced the 12 Japanese students to the Shapleigh community, and featured musical performances from the Flute Club and fourth grader Kelsea Plum. On Tuesday April 30, Japanese students performed cultural presentations to all Shapleigh students, sharing some Japanese customs with their American peers. The trip concluded on Wednesday, May 1 with the Sayonara Assembly and the Presentation of Gifts. Shapleigh is fortunate to have such a great longstanding relationship with the Kittery-Tobu Exchange, and look forward to the next 20 years!

Click here to view pictures from the trip!