PUBLISHED: 4:26 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Juneau School District welcomes 22 visiting students from Japan
Twenty-two middle school students from Nishiokoppe, Japan, will arrive in Juneau on Thursday, Aug. 9, as part of a four-day educational and cultural exchange.

"The public is invited to help welcome the students and their escorts at a reception scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Aurora Room at the Juneau Airport," said Juneau School District Assistant Superintendent Charla Wright, whose office has been helping to organize the event.

Juneau teacher Michelle Felker, who has been living with her family in Nishiokoppe for the past two years, will accompany the students on their visit to Juneau.

"Participating in this cultural exchange has been really rewarding," Felker said.

Floyd Dryden Middle School teacher Shawn Knoedler, his wife Chandra and daughter Nova, begin their two-years in Hokkaido following the Juneau exchange.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to share our culture with these wonderful young people and happy to have them teach us about Japan," Wright said.

"We appreciate the Juneau families who are sharing their lives and their homes with students during this visit."

The Juneau School District has taken part in exchanges with schools in Japan for more than 10 years.

Juneau teachers Kurt Reiselbach, who also helped plan this year's visit, along with Matt LeGassick, Tracey Martin, Suzie Gaffney, and Mary Tonkovich also taught in Japan as part of the Juneau-Hokkaido school district exchange.