Elmwood Elementary School hosted 20 Chinese 4th and 5th graders from their Jin Shan No. 2 Experimental Primary Sister School. Here is part of the group as they prepared to tour Crystal Cave on Friday, April 27. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Elmwood Elementary School hosted 20 Chinese 4th and 5th graders from their Jin Shan No. 2 Experimental Primary Sister School. Here is part of the group as they prepared to tour Crystal Cave on Friday, April 27. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

ELMWOOD, WI – There was a warm welcome for the 20 Chinese 4th and 5th graders at Elmwood Elementary School on Monday, April 16, 2018 despite the blizzard conditions that hit the area the prior weekend that dumped about a foot of “Spring” snow on the area.

The welcome ceremony for the Chinese students had to be postponed from 9 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. on that Monday afternoon due to weather related travel delays.

It has been reported that the visitors from Jin Shan No. 2 Experimental Primary School in Shanghai, China loved the snow for fun activities like sledding that they can’t do at home.

The Chinese students were visiting all week staying with host families and sharing classroom sessions and going on field trips to UW Stout, Alfalawn and UW RF Dairy Farms in River Falls. The students, staff and interpreters also went to the Mall of America where they enjoyed a tour of the Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium.

On their last morning in America the Chinese and Elmwood students loaded two school busses for the short trip to Spring valley to take a tour of Crystal Cave before returning for one more session of classroom activities.

The final evening there was a delightful bittersweet Farewell dinner before saying goodbye to new friends from far away.

A similar cultural exchange is being planned for the students of Elmwood to travel to China to visit their Jin Shan No. 2 Experimental Primary Sister School in June of 2019.

If you would like to see more delightful and fascinating photographs from this cultural exchange in Elmwood you can go to this website link: photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPrvQau9NK6HxBEAQ6puP4LwcXnissPes8jZ8Xnu_8xxB9xBiOY93TaCnyOVEeyPw?key=bmp1amhCMDBmdjJ3UFVPV1BXczRndTJiaXFmMEVB