Thaddeus Stevens Welcomes German Students

TSS Exchange ThumbnailLYNDON- The Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon is welcoming exchange students from the Modern School in Hamburg Germany for the second year. The students, who arrived earlier this week, are here to get a better understanding of the world around them.

 "The main point at our school is to build up a global community with a focus on student autonomy and responsibility," said Modern School Hamburg English Teacher Justyna Milik. "It was important for us to show the students the world, and the perspective."

Since arriving in America, the students have tried to expand their pallets, sampling some classic American food.

"We went to Walmart and Taco Bell since that doesn't exist in Germany," said Timothy Zimpel, a student at the Modern School Hamburg. "It's really nice. No there's no Taco Bell in Germany."

"I ate the Big Mac in America, and the meat tastes so differently compared to Germany. I don't know why, but it's so much better. The meat tastes like real meat. In Germany, it tastes like chemicals are put into it. I don't know why, but it tastes much better," added Max Wekwert, another student at MSH.

Food is not the only thing the students have tried since crossing the Atlantic. Many of them hit the slopes for the first time, and were surprised with their performances.

"The skiing. It's the first time I've been skiing as well, and I didn't fall that many times, to be fair. I was very proud of me," said Wekwert.

"We already went skiing, and made some things outside, and went sledding," noted Sophia Engelhrad, also an exchange student.

It hasn't been all fun in games for the students. On Wednesday, the students participated in the nationwide protest in honor of the Stoneman Douglas High School Shootings. On Thursday, the students engaged in an mural, where they put hashtags with meaningful sayings or movements.

"It's something we're trying to build up in our school. Make them aware of the world, the world of politics, of the changes they can introduce, and the world that is changing nowadays," said Milik.

And when the students leave, they hope to have a better understanding of the world they live in today, and that they have the ability to change the world.

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