A highlight of the visit was for 23 Needham elementary and middle school students to stay with local families and attend classes for the week at our sister school in Daxing, the Feichenchung Elementary School. Our Chinese hosts believe it was the first ever elementary and middle school student exchange between an American city and Beijing!
The partnership between Daxing and Needham goes back five years when Mitchell principal Dr. Mike Schwinden contacted a local group, Boston Ivy, to arrange visits of Chinese students, teachers, and school administrators between our communities. This recent visit culminated in a new five-year agreement between the school districts, and Mayor Shao of Daxing signed an initial agreement for a new city to city relationship with Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick and Selectmen Matt Borrelli and Moe Handel. Now the Daxing/Needham schools and city/town governments have established additional opportunities to learn, develop, and promote educational, cultural and community exchanges and partnerships.
|Daxing & Needham Student Learn Together|
It’s one way to make this world a little smaller. And a little better.
To view a slideshow of our visit to Beijing, click here: China Exchange 2016
Thanks to Artie Perez for the photos!