After lunch at a typical New York deli, the group grabbed their luggage and headed back to Penn Station and the train north. Although the visitors longed for more time with their friends from Wadleigh, they were grateful for the opportunity to explore the city and urban life and, most of all, to learn firsthand about diversity.
"It was amazing," Erika said, "just being able to see so many (different) cultures in one place."
Tara noted that the exchange "has made me aware of many new things," while Joshua called it "an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime."
Their time in the city also enabled them, as one student put it, "to see how it feels being one of the minority for a change."
For these young people from the small town of Willsboro, that was perhaps the most important lesson of all.