June 02, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - On Thursday, July 26, students from the Baika College in Japan took time to pay a visit to those individuals living in the Alterra Sterling House, an assisted living home in Alliance.

The Baika students interacted with the home's residents, enjoying lunch and participating in various activities throughout the day. After performing a short program for the residents, the students passed out oragami they had made. In addition, a Japanese wind chime was donated to the Alterra Sterling House in appreciation for the learning experience provided by the residents.

The students have been involved in daily classes where they learn about basic American values such as equality, independence, competition, diversity, work, play, time and expressing opinions.

According to Cherlyl Lundgren, Director of Summer Baika Program, "The program especially benefited the students since the residents of the Alterra Sterling House are encouraged to retain as much independence as long as possible."

Lundgren also felt that the visit to the Sterling House was a quality hands-on experience. "The visit to the Alterra Sterling House gives the students a first-hand opportunity to see how Americans promote the value of independence."

The students will good-bye at the Sayonara Party on Friday, August 3. Itoko Kadooka, professor in the Department of English and American Literature at Baika Women's College will speak to the audience.

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