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June 12, 2013

A global lesson plan; Chinese exchange students wrap up visit to AHS

Chinese exchange students wrap up visit to AHS

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Andover student Una O’Toole said the trans-global collaboration made an impression on her as well.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s a great way to connect our two cultures and our two schools.”

While the visiting students were essentially taking a week off from their routine in China, that isn’t to say they weren’t busy.

Starting with their arrival on June 5, they embarked on a packed schedule of visits and stops daily, with most days beginning at 7:30 a.m.

As the students returned to China today, Lord is looking ahead to improve — and expand — global high school relations in the future.

“The world for these young people is going to be a global community,” he said. “I’m hoping we can continue to develop these kinds of relationships with students and the world, students spending their April or February breaks everywhere.”

Though specific examples and details couldn’t yet be confirmed, work is underway to partner with schools in European countries in the future, according to Lord.

“It’s going to be good for us to establish formal relationships,” he said. “We’re definitely going to try it again.”

Hale said the program opened her eyes.

“The world is a playground. You can do anything you want,” she said. “In order to broaden your horizons, you have to explore their culture. These programs are so beneficial to the AHS community. It has become the kind of thing that everyone really wants to do.”

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