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