August 26, 2015
Ms. Beatrice Wang and Mrs. Lorena Spisak
I recently had some special visitors to my Chinese classes here at KHS. Fellowship Bible Church is a local church that helps to support a former pastor from Fellowship who now pastors in Taiwan as a missionary. His name is Mark Heffner. The current Youth Director from Fellowship is Marty Dummermuth. Marty has been able to take several teens over to Taiwan in recent years on different mission trips to help Mark on projects and to share God’s love with the people in Taiwan. For the first time Mark was able to bring a group of teens here to the States. There were 11 Taiwan students on the team (mostly high school and a couple early college age) and 3 adults ( Mr. Li and his wife Mrs. Gao), along with a translator ( Ms. Tina Huang). There was also a brother and sister pair on this trip. While they were here they got to share some of Taiwan’s culture in church and in local schools, while learning about ours.
On Aug 20th, 2015, this Taiwan team visited Kenston High School. Mr. Ray Kimpton gave a tour of our school to the Taiwan team and escorted the group to the Chinese classroom in KHS.
On that day, The Taiwan team played a Chinese song- “Gao Shan Qing”. They also performed and taught some aboriginal dances, shared about their lives in Taiwan, and taught some interactive Chinese lessons as well.
In return, Kenston’s Chinese students made the visitors feel very welcomed. They had the opportunity to learn a lot about Taiwan culture in Chinese class on the day before the Taiwan team came. KHS students have gotten to know more about Taiwan Culture and other information via collaboration from small groups. KHS students also did a great job on self-introduction and talked to the Taiwan team in Chinese.
It was a good chance for the Taiwan team and KHS students to get know each other’s culture. They both gave great feedback when these activities were done. The Taiwan team thanks Kenston High School for letting them come visit during their stay. The KHS students said that “ It’s awesome to have the Taiwan team in class, they have learned a lot and had fun with them. ” The Taiwan Team also enjoyed having lunch in the KHS cafeteria with the students. They voted our pizza as the best American food they had.
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