Newcomb School District enrollment goes up 20 percent

NEWCOMB The Newcomb School District has increased its population by 20%, and not only that, quite a few different languages are being spoken in the hallways. This is because Newcomb has become host to 6 international students.

On Friday, Sept. 7, the Friends of Newcomb Central Schools International Student Program kicked off Teddy Roosevelt weekend in Newcomb with a fundraiser dinner. Since there was no remuneration for the host family that accepted an International Student, the funds raised will help in providing a quality experience for them.

The International Students and their host families are the following: the Stith family who are hosting Thias Torres from Brazil; the Hults family who are hosting Arcane Huang from China and Tino Buchner from Germany; the LaCourse family who are hosting Maxime Poussier from France; the Tokarz family who are hosting Elena Ebbeke from Germany and the Draper family who are hosting Sara Fransson from Sweden.

With the help of organizers Linda Montanye, Judy De Pasquale and Amy Freiman over 120 people were treated to an International Dinner with various foods. Those who attended the dinner either brought in their favorite food or paid $5 and the best dishes were judged. The winners were the following: Appetizer Sandy Bureau; Entr饠 Shelley Gagnon, Dessert Dale Hults; and Best of Show was Terri Smith for her Corn Pudding. As everyone enjoyed dinner, they were entertained by Eric Peter who played guitar and sang and winners were announced for the various prizes that were raffled off.

Steve Freiman, president of the school board welcomed everyone and hosted the introductions. First, was Skip Hults, superintendent, who discussed his vision for the school. He said, This is the first of many International Students that we will be hosting and, eventually, we hope to obtain a building for the students to live in. Next, George Canon, town supervisor, welcomed the International Students and handed out keys to the Town Of Newcomb to each one. Then Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, welcomed the students and related a few experience she has had in hosting foreign students over the years. She discussed that in hosting foreign students it helps break down barriers between different nationalities. Assemblywoman Sayward ended her speech with these words, If there is to be peace in this world. Let it begin here in Newcomb.

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