Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

LHS to welcome Chinese visitors

October 31, 2006

Lansing High School staff and students are hurriedly making plans to welcome two visitors Thursday from Kaifeng No. 5 Middle School in China.

LHS teacher Linda Leffler said two representatives from the school would arrive in Lansing on Thursday morning, Nov. 2.

Chen Lu, an English teacher, and Chen Huantong, vice principal, will tour sites in the Lansing area through Sunday, Nov. 5. They will then fly to New York City to sightsee in the Big Apple, return to Lansing on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and depart on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The tour is part of a three-year partnership that began in March when eight students and three teachers from LHS visited the school in Kaifeng and toured sights in Shanghai, Beijing and Xian.

Original plans called for an October visit from two students, two administrators and one teacher from Kaifeng No. 5 Middle School. They planned to tour sites in Lansing, Lawrence, St. Louis and Hannibal, Mo.

Leffler said the group's plans changed after the students' applications for visas were denied in late October. She said the denial occurred because the students did not provide academic records with their applications.

Leffler added that LHS students and staff were disappointed that the group would be smaller and the trip would be shorter, but they would make the most of the situation.

"We have decided that since their time here is short, we are going to focus on Lansing and Kansas City," she said. "We're really excited for them to come. We want them to have a wonderful time here and continue to encourage their students to attempt to come to the United States."

For more on the story, check the Nov. 2 edition of The Current.

For more on the story, check the Nov. 2 edition of The Current

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