Ripon students celebrate International Education Week

Ripon High School student Denisa Muntean of Romania helps decorate a display case for International Education Week.

Kate Williams wouldn’t trade what she does.

The retired Ripon teacher has been taking in and mothering Romanian students for years.

“We adopted our two daughters from Romania ... So we started hosting students from Romania as a way for my daughters to learn more about their culture,” she said. “And so we’ve been doing this, gee, every year since I think they’ve been about 7 or 8.”

Williams is now a community representative for Ayusa — a non-profit cultural exchange organization for high school foreign exchange students.

“Our students become a very big part of our family,” she said. “... I try to link them up with a former student of mine to be able to show them the ropes and things like that, just give them a friendly face.”

Now this school year, Ripon High School’s four international students are Denisa Muntean (Romania); Delphine Gras (France); Alexsandra (or Lexi/Sasha) Leonidova (Russia); and Edward Valasik (Slovakia).

Williams is hosting Muntean from Romania. Earlier this month, the four international students celebrated International Education Week 2013.

“It’s been named by the Department of State as a way to spotlight exchange students, not only high school but also college, so that they can showcase their country,” Williams said ... Read the full article in the Nov. 21 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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