Northwest NEWS

July 19, 1999


Welcome planned for Japanese group

   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 22, from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 18305101st Ave. NE in downtown Bothell. This is the eighth year that the city of Kogani, located near Tokyo, has sent a group of students to stay with Northshore area families and exchange cultural information.

   The City of Bothell, the Northshore School District, and Cedar Park Christian School, a Bothell-area private school with an extensive Japanese Program, are jointly participating in the welcoming ceremony.

   Mayor Pro-tem Michael Noblet, City Manager Jim Thompson, Northshore School Boardmember Sue Paro, Northshore School District Executive Director for Secondary Education Harry Vanikiotis, and Cedar Park Christian School Principal Clint Behrends will be present to greet this year's delegation.

   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 with facilitating the students' visit.