Park Among Site visits for Hanamaki Delegation

Park Among Site visits for Hanamaki Delegation
Posted on 10/11/2018
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As part of the 25th Anniversary of the Sister City Program, Hot Springs and Hanamaki, Japan exchanged delegations of guests. Last week the Hanamaki group toured various Hot Springs sites including our HSSD Park Magnet School. To make the experience unique from other school tours, the delegation was divided into smaller groups of 6-8 and led by students and interpreters. For one hour student groups escorted guests to multiple locations throughout the school and explained at each stop how students utilize the space. Tour stops included the library, outdoor classroom and urban garden, cafeteria, playground, gym, language rooms, music and art rooms, and computer lab. Attendees were able to hear about Park Magnet through the perspective and experiences of our students. Principal Oatsvall addressed questions of the group before and after student tours.


Other tour sites included the Arkansas School for Math and Science, as well as CHI St. Vincent, Baxley Equipment, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and various dinners and performances from Hot Springs groups and community partners. Thank you to the City of Hot Springs and our gracious guests, the dedicated and patient interpreters that accompanied this group, and Park Magnet students and staff for making this tour a success. What an honor it was to showcase our HSSD students and excellent facilities.


To learn more about the City Sister Program and the history of the agreement between Hot Springs and Hanamaki,  a special exhibit of photos and artifacts is on display at the Cultural Affairs Office (108 Pleasant Street) throughout October.  Find out more about how students and community members can participate in this program and even apply to be part of a visiting delegation, here, or contact Sister City Program Director Mary Zurich at mzunick@hotsprings.org.


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