For the 7th year in a row, Chinese middle school student made a visit to Boylan Catholic High School as part of the “State of Illinois Sister School Initiative.”
Twenty eight students are shadowing students in classes and taking part in American school activities and events.
This weekend, the students will explore the Forest City, going to the Burpee Museum and the Discovery Center.
Organizers say the exchange helps kids appreciate cultural differences.
“My students get a chance to make a friend from another country, and it really expands their view of the world,” said Tracy Cannell, who teaches Mandarin at Boylan. “Also, it teaches them to communicate across cultures.”
This summer, six Boylan students will visit their sister school in China.
As for the Chinese students, their tour of the U.S. continues: next stop, California, for a stop at Disneyland.