Saline Area Schools Looking for Parents to Host Chinese Students

 02/29/2016 - 20:33

Five students from Shenyang, China, were in attendance at the Dec. 8, 2015, Saline School Board meeting at Liberty School. They were introduced by High School Principal Julie Helber as the first group to come to Saline through a partnership with BCC Education International. The students were introduced by their English names, from left, Michael, Jason, Linda, Winnie and Robert. Photo by Jim Pruitt

Families in the Saline Area Schools district are invited to host a high school age student from China during the 2016-17 school year.

People interested in opening their homes to a Chinese student are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 21 and May 12 in room C138 at Saline High School. People interested in attending or who want more information should contact the district’s Chinese Immersion Ambassador Tana Huyck at 734-401-4261 [email protected].

Families who host a Chinese student received $125 monthly stipend from the sponsoring company, BCC International Educational Group.

The district and BCC International Educational partnered to bring 5 Chinese students to Saline Area Schools this year.  Chinese students wish to experience American culture, graduate from an American high school and attend an American college. Saline is one of six Michigan schools participating in the program.

According to Saline High School Principal Julie Helber, the students have adjusted well. Helber believes Saline students benefit from diversity and learning about other cultures.

The Chinese students pay the districts tuition well above the state per-pupil funding level to attend Saline. 

BCC is now working to bring students to Ann Arbor Schools.

Tran Longmoore
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