"There is a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just the right age... can light the rest of our lives, elevating our ideals, deepening our tolerance, and sharpening our appetite for knowledge about the rest of the world. Educational and cultural exchanges... provide a perfect opportunity for this precious spark to grow, making us more sensitive and wiser international citizens."
Ronald Reagan, The White House, May 1982.
The Columbia community welcomed an exchange from Shukutoku Yono High School of Saitama, Japan in an assembly on Friday, September 26. In sharing this cultural exchange, Columbia made a gift of school t-shirts for each of the 40 girls; they presented Columbia with a replica Kabuto, a Samari warrior helmet. The Japanese students performed a famous native fairy tale which gave them the opportunity to use their English while they infused a bit of their stories into our community. The audience then enjoyed hearing the Columbia high school choir share the school song, “The Steadfast Love of the Lord” as well as a brief performance by Columbia drama students. At the conclusion of the assembly, each Japanese exchange student had the chance to go home with a family from the Columbia community for an American experience over the weekend.