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Mike Roessler, a teacher at Portland Middle School and one of the coordinators of the visit, said the students who were selected to host a Japanese student received some lessons over the summer."The kids had a couple of lessons of Japanese from Chris Kelly, who is a Japanese language instructor," said Roessler.
"Their philosophy when we visited Japan was they wanted to show us as much as they could because it may be the only time that we get there," said Roessler
"That was interesting because they did not really understand the rules of football, but were happy and cheered when a touchdown was scored," said Roessler
City officials also made the guests feel welcome.The chaperones will recognized during the Portland City Council
meeting on Monday.The city also hosted a reception for the students and chaperones on Tuesday at Portland City Hall
and presented them with Portland tote bags that contained Portland gifts.Members of the Portland Fire Department
also took two fire trucks to the middle school on Friday and gave rides to the Japanese students and chaperones.
"The city was so gracious," said Roessler
."They hosted the chaperones at their meeting on Monday and had a nice ceremony on Tuesday with nice gifts for everyone.And they really enjoyed the rides on the fire trucks."Roessler
added that everything that the school district did to welcome their guests was also appreciated.
"We had a nice farewell ceremony at the high school auditorium and they also roped off an area by the high school for a tailgate party," said Roessler
."The cheerleaders also came over and presented them with gifts.
"And the host families that we had were exceptional," added Roessler
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"Some of the Torahime students will ...
"Some of the Torahime students will be staying with Portland students who they hosted when we went to Japan," said Mike Roessler, Portland Middle School teacher and one of the organizers of the exchange.
"So some of our students have associated with the Torahime students, but this is a new experience for most of the middle school students here.They are both excited and nervous.It's hard to think about hosting someone from a different culture when you have limited Japanese skills and they have limited English skills.However, it always works out OK."Roessler
added that two of the chaperones who will be accompanying the Torahime students also came with the students in 2003 and will be staying with the same host families.
"It is a little nervous for some of the adults as well, but it is always nice to see the friends that we have made as well as meet new people."Roessler
"We are trying to follow the philosophy that the people of Torahime
use when we come there, which is that you may not come here again so we want you to do as much as you can," Roessler
"We wish that they could stay longer, but they are coming when school is in session, so this is the longest that they can stand to be away."
During the visit, students from Torahime
also will visit Oakwood Elementary School
, which is a new stop on their tour.
"Our visit to the kindergarten in Torahime
was one of the highlights of our visit," Roessler