students from Midland's sister city of Handa, Japan, visited Midland for
a three-week exchange opportunity between July 23-Aug. 13.
Visiting students included Makoto Sakakibara, Satoko Shimizu, and
While the students were in Midland, each lived with a total of three different host families for one week at a time. In addition to
experiencing daily American life
with their host families, the Handa high schoolers were treated to a variety of cultural,
social, and educational group activities, including a tour of H.
High School, a Great Lakes Loons game, a kayaking/pontoon trip on Sanford Lake,
an American-style picnic at Dow Gardens,
tennis lessons at the Midland Community Tennis Center, and a farewell dinner at City Forest Chalet.
Look below for photos of the students' Midland visit.
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High School Life and Tennis: The students learn about Midland's
H. H. Dow High School
and get a tennis lesson at Midland Community Tennis Center.
Good Ole' American Baseball! Makoto, Eriko and Satoko
enjoy Midland's minor league baseball team,
the Great Lakes Loons, getting the chance to throw out the first pitch
before the game!
Second Week: New host families for Week 2 of the students' stay in Midland
First Week: Getting to know host families and life in
Welcome, Handa Students: Makoto, Eriko, and Satoko meet their host families for all three weeks, and enjoy an
American-style picnic, with Mayor Maureen Donker in attendance.
(July 25, 2012)
Arrival: Makoto, Satoko, and Eriko touch down at MBS International Airport
after a long flight from Central Japan International Airport.
host families greeted the students, who appeared rested and ready
to enjoy America!
(July 23, 2012)