La Porte Hosts Chinese Students, February 2010
The Global Study Program between China Nankai School and La Porte ISD continues and starts 2010 with the visit from 21 Nankai students and three lead teachers in February. During their stay in Texas, the Chinese students were warmly welcomed and home-stayed by La Porte community. They attended classes with LPHS students, expressed and enjoyed so much with the participation of a wide range of school activities-from acting out scenes in theater class to dissecting specimens in the biology laboratory, to learning about football and dance. They visited NASA Space Center Houston, cheering on the Houston Rockets, attending the musical "White Christmas," and also touring three Houston area universities. The "job shadowing" experience of Career Day with professionals from La Porte and surrounding communities gave the Chinese students first-hand experiences and knowledge on American industries.
The days from Jan. 31 to Feb.06 in Texas were short and flew very fast, but the experiences, memories and friendship will remain life-time, the programs culminated with a farewell dinner at the San Jacinto Monument on Feb. 5. La Porte High School principal Joanne Kolius presented the Nankai students with honorary diplomas from LPHS, and great presentations both Nankai and LPHS students. The departure was hard and moving with hugs and tears for Chinese students and LPHS buddies and their families, cameras flashed as they took one last photo with the Nankai High School students who, in one short week, had become part of their La Porte families. The programs have been sponsored by La Porte Education Foundation, LPISD and the community.
The Bayshore Sun newspaper had good coverage about the China visit on Feb. 17, 2010! The editor ran it on the front page with color photos of the Nankai student dancing and a Nankai student receiving her honorary diploma from Joanne, the principle of La Porte High School. The continuation of the story has a photo of the entire group of Chinese and LPHS students when they first arrived.