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KCS exchange program enters second year

Keene Central school is welcoming six exchange students for the second year as part of its International Student Program. The students include, from left Seungyeol “Paul” Ko, Draf Boonrut, Zoran Karapetrovic, Sara Francino, Clara Garcia and Fie Tims.

Keene Central school is welcoming six exchange students for the second year as part of its International Student Program. The students include, from left Seungyeol “Paul” Ko, Draf Boonrut, Zoran Karapetrovic, Sara Francino, Clara Garcia and Fie Tims. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I want to meet and have many new friends,” said Draf Boonrut, of Thailand. “I want to practice my English skills.”

“When I was a child I wanted to come here and learn more,” said Zoran Karapetrovic, of Serbia. “I wanted to get the experience here, meet new people and improve my English. I want to get my diploma and stay here to try and get into college.”

“I love that there are a lot of trees, and it is very green,” said Clara Garcia, of Spain. “I wanted to come and see if the American culture is like we see in the movies. I want to get a good level of English learning, make some new friends and have fun.”

The students will get to be a part of the Keene school community and, in turn, the students and town will have the chance to learn about them.

“Last year the whole town had a weekend celebration for the students and the students presented an international night at the school,” McCabe said. “On the last day of school, the students organized a give back picnic to the community.”

The students will live with host families throughout the school year and will also have additional support families to help them.

“The host families are so excited to be a part of something so big,” McCabe said.

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