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