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Stu­dents from Ger­many trekked to Kansas City’s 18th and Vine District to ex­pe­ri­ence jazz.

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Nine­teen stu­dents and two teach­ers from Ger­many ex­pe­ri­enced KC cul­ture this fall

Nine­teen stu­dents and two teach­ers from the Bavar­ian area of Ger­many ex­pe­ri­enced Kansas City cul­ture this fall and spent time in two Olathe high schools as part of an on­go­ing pro­gram or­ga­nized by the Olathe Pub­lic Schools.

Ev­ery other year, the district wel­comes stu­dents from sis­ter schools in Ger­many and Ja­pan, who stay with host fam­i­lies for 10 days. Stu­dents from Penzberg, Ger­many, vis­ited this fall, and Ja­panese teenagers will be here dur­ing the spring se­mes­ter.

Upon ar­rival, the cul­tural ex­change par­tic­i­pants met their host fam­i­lies at a wel­come re­cep­tion at Olathe North­west High School.

While here, the stu­dents tasted Arthur Bryant’s bar­be­cue and vis­ited Kansas City land­marks such as the Amer­i­can Jazz Mu­seum, the Ne­gro Leagues Baseball Mu­seum and the Na­tional World War I Mu­seum and Me­mo­rial. Dur­ing the day, they at­tended school with their host sib­lings.

Ger­man teach­ers Chris­tine Hanks, from Olathe East High School, and and Kim­berly Watts, from Olathe North­west, or­ga­nize the pro­gram itin­er­ar­ies and main­tain the re­la­tion­ship with the sis­ter school.

“Olathe’s cul­tural ex­change with Penzberg has proven to be an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents in our Ger­man pro­grams at Olathe East and Olathe North­west,” Michael Flen­thrope, district co­or­di­na­tor of world lan­guages, said in a news release. “This part­ner­ship en­ables our teach­ers to bring the con­tem­po­rary Ger­man cul­ture and lan­guage not only into the class­room, but also into the homes of our stu­dents.”

At the farewell din­ner, Ger­man stu­dents thanked their host fam­i­lies and taught them about their home city by shar­ing pic­tures and per­form­ing songs with in­stru­ments.

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