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Students From Denmark Visit Smithfield-Selma High School

On October 12, 2018, 15 Danish students with two of their teachers visited Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS).  This visit is part of an exchange program between the Denmark and the SSS International Baccalaureate (IB) program in which students have the opportunity to experience a different school and cultural environment.

Before arriving, the Danish students traveled to Washington, DC. where they toured the monuments, including the Holocaust museum.  On Friday, October 12, the visitors attended a group dinner with SSS students and teachers at the Clayton restaurant, La Cocina (see cover photo).  They also watched the football game between SSS and Cleveland High School.

 

SSS student, Taimek Humphrey (left) welcoming Danish student, Lasse (right).

SSS student, Taimek Humphrey (left) welcoming Danish student, Lasse (right).

 

Over the weekend, the Danes stayed with their host families. The students gathered for a big Halloween bonfire on Saturday night. Sunday they attended church, visited family and did some shopping (each student did something different with their host family).

On Monday, October 15, the students attended classes with their hosts, then went to an IB Social after school. They also attended the Senior Night Soccer Game.  On Tuesday, October 16, the students went to Dance and ROTC classes and then the NC State Fair. They also had a Closing International Potluck with all the families where they shared a slide show and favorite memories.
 
 
Danish and SSS Students Enjoying a Welcome Breakfast in the SSS Media Center
Danish and SSS Students Enjoying a Welcome Breakfast in the SSS Media Center
 
 
 
On Wednesday, October 17, the students visited Career and Technology Education (CTE) Classes with Mrs. Allen in the morning, and then the group went to Cracker Barrel and the Outlets before departing for the airport.
 
The goodbyes were filled with hugs and tears.
 
The students' bonds will continue to grow through social media over the next six months, at which point our American SSS students will head to Denmark. This is the 4th year that the IB Program has been in charge of the exchange.
 
The SSS craft fairs on 10/20/18 and 2/2/19 are the major fundraisers for the partnership.