Northwest NEWS

July 13, 1998

Front Page

Japanese delegation to be welcomed at reception

   Bothell residents are invited to attend a reception welcoming a delegation of ten junior high school students from Koganei, Japan and their chaperones, who are arriving to participate in a Northshore area cultural exchange program.
  
   The reception will be held on Thursday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 18305 101st Ave. NE in downtown Bothell.
  
   This is the seventh year that the City of Koganei, located near Tokyo, has sent a group of students to stay with Northshore area families and exchange cultural information.
  
   The welcoming ceremony is being sponsored jointly by the City of Bothell and the Northshore School District.
  
   Mayor Debbie Treen, Interim City Manager Mike Caldwell, Northshore School Board President B-Z Davis and Northshore School District Executive Director for Elementary Education Becky Clausen will be present to welcome this year's delegation from Koganei.
  
   In addition, a new participant in this year's reception will be Cedar Park School, a private Christian School located in Bothell. Clint Behrends, Administrator of Cedar Park School, will be on hand to greet the delegation.
  
   In October of this year, ten students participating in Cedar Park's Japanese School program will be accompanying Mayor Debbie Treen, Councilmember Jeff Merrill and Cedar Park Assistant Administrator Kay McIntosh on a week-long journey to Koganei City.
  
   Their visit will coincide with the 40th anniversary of Koganei City becoming a municipality.
  
   These Cedar Park students who will be visiting Koganei in the fall will be hosting this group of Koganei Junior High students visiting Bothell.
  
   After the reception, the students will tour Woodmoor Elementary School and Bothell Fire Station Headquarters before meeting their Cedar Park host families at City Hall. They will spend four days and nights with their local families before continuing their trip with a tour of Victoria, British Columbia.
  
   The American Cultural Exchange, a non-profit international education institution, is assisting the City with this program.