Franklin High School recently hosted a wealth of visitors, with students from both Germany and Japan participating in foreign exchange programs. The German students, who stayed for three weeks, and the Japanese, who stayed for one week, both experienced American culture and introduced our students to their own customs.
Students from Germany were able to participate in many activities during their three week stay, from lessons on American football with Coach Brown to day trips downtown and to Madison and an overnight stay in Chicago. Some students also traveled individually with their host families over the long weekend, visiting places such as Wisconsin Dells, and one even traveling as far as New York City. The visitors also took part in many traditional high school activities, including Friday night football victories and Halloween parties. These students were able to form long-lasting friendships with their hosts, who are eager to pay a return visit to Germany this summer.
The Japanese visitors were also able to experience a taste of American life during their short visit to Franklin, while also providing an interesting glimpse into their own native culture. These students also enjoyed experiencing all the Halloween festivities, especially getting to trick or treat, an activity that does not exist in their country. Additonally, the Japanese exchange students were able to give presentations both in high school art classes and at the elementary schools. In doing so, they provided Franklin students with a firsthand experience of the very diffrerent cultural aspects that exist in Japan.