Exchange students getting the most out of U.S. experience



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GREENFIELD — During International Week at Greenfield-Central High School, students are exposed to new information on cultures and countries. And that’s the basic idea behind the foreign-student exchange program.

Fourteen students from other countries are attending Hancock County schools this year. Kaho Fukuda from Japan attends Eastern Hancock High School. Mt. Vernon High School is playing host to three exchange students: Piet Brodowski from Germany, Clara Nielsen from Denmark and Giang Tran from Vietnam. Two international students attend Greenfield-Central: Blanca Valcazar from Madrid, Spain, and Christian Braun from Germany. New Palestine High School has eight international students, including five from Germany and one each from Spain, France and Italy.

“Having students hear about how they live can give them an appreciation about the way things are here or think about the way we do things here that isn’t the way everyone else does things in other countries,” Eastern Hancock High School guidance counselor Anne Katz said. “The perspective (of a Japanese student) on things like World War II are going to be very different from how our students are taught about it. It’s really beneficial to think about different sides to things and how they are taught in different countries.”

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