German/French language arts teacher at Freedom High School Joachim Körner asked the visiting students from Germany how many had attended the real celebration of Oktoberfest in Germany.
As two hands were raised, he
commented, "I've never been to the real one myself."
additionally welcomed visitors to taste German foods, including pretzels one host family made.
purchased bratwurst and strudel from a local German grocer.
said efforts are ongoing to start a sister cities relationship between Morganton and Achern
This is the 21st anniversary of the German exchange, Körner
Three of the students are attending Draughn High School and 12 are attending Freedom.
said, "We would love to develop this with all of the high schools and have the sister cities relationship."
"We are trying to make Morganton and their hometown, Achern
, sister cities and we think in the near future this will be possible," he
There is a high interest in building up a program like this, Körner
During the past 20 years of travel between the two countries, Körner
said two of his
former students now reside in Germany and he
, originally from Achern
, now resides here.
Geographically speaking, Morganton is similar to the Black Forest, Körner
Having a great time was up to Körner
, who coordinates the activities, which included a trip to Scarowinds, a fun day at Steele Creek Park, sharing information on Germany at local elementary schools and a college tour of Warren Wilson College
"We try to do things according to what they like to do," he
took 50 students to tour Warren Wilson College
"We did Contra dancing and they had a great time," he
"It is fun to see the students make friends and get along with each other," Körner
will take a group of students to Germany in June 2011.