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Haddonfield Japanese Exchange to continue in 2019

Long standing program between borough and Japanese students found a new partner in Sendai

The Haddonfield Japan Exchange (HJE) will continue in 2019, with an improved program.

After 12 years of successful student exchanges with Kasukabe Girls High School, the HJE decided to seek another school to partner with. This decision came about after Kasukabe insisted that only female students from Haddonfield would be invited to take part.

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Our Haddonfield male students have been outstanding, but it was difficult for the all-girls school in Kasukabe to find host families for male students. The HJE Committee looked into several options, but finally selected Sendai Ikwa Gauken, a very prestigious co-ed private school. The date of their arrival is expected to be July 12.

The length of their stay has not been finalized, but it is expected to be 10-to-12 days, as they wish to spend a few days in New York City at the end of their visit to Haddonfield. The number of students has not been determined as well, since the school year ends at the end of March in Japan. As a result, it may not be until May when we receive the final count of guests.

This change of schools will get back to the original concept: beyond the student exchange, where hopefully adult families will generate interest in visiting Haddonfield — after the students have experienced a positive visit. This can provide a modest boost to Haddonfield’s business district, and increase interaction between both countries.

The HJE Committee is already working to prepare daily activities as we did for Kasukabe, but with some additional ones. Arrangements are underway to provide a visit to a day camp in New Jersey. In addition, Sendai is in Miyagi Prefecture, which is similar to our state identification, in the United States. Miyagi is a sister state with Delaware. Depending on his schedule, attempts are being made to schedule a meeting, between the students and Governor John C. Carney.

Activities for our Japanese guests and our host students will basically remain the same: trips to Historic Philadelphia, tours of Haddonfield, a day trip to the shore, bowling, tubing on the Delaware, and perhaps a Phillies game. All of these activities are chosen to convey the average American lifestyle to our Japanese visitors.

Naturally, these programs come with a price tag, and as in the past, the HJE Committee will be hosting a Sake and Sushi Party and Auction in the spring. This will be one of the fundraisers conducted to support this successful student exchange. Subaru of American continues to be the HJE’s primary donor. The HJE receives support from other organizations, such as the Haddonfield School District, Haddonfield Lions Club, Sagami, and Play It For Good.

The heart of the program, as always, are the Haddonfield host families. Without them, there would not be an exchange program. While some families have volunteered to host in 2019, others will be needed, as we await the final list of incoming students, in April or May.

Host families will be required to provide a bedroom, or one shared with someone of the same gender. Host families will be asked to just continue their normal lifestyle, sharing breakfast and dinner with their new family member. Most daily activities will be provided for the guest, as well as the hosting student. There may be an occasional request for a brown bag lunch. At the conclusion of the visit, the host parents and hosting student will be invited to take part in the farewell Sayonara party.

For additional information, please visit, www.HJEx.org, or contact, Bill Brown at (856) 429–4368, or billbrown08033@aol.com.

Former radio broadcaster, hockey writer, Current: main beat reporter for Haddonfield, Cherry Hill and points beyond.

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