NORTH PROVIDENCE – For the third year in a row, North Providence High School has been selected to host a group of high school students and teachers in Fuji City, Japan in December.
During the event, social science students from North Providence were matched with sophomores from the city of Fuji who are participating in a world leaders program. In addition to visiting an American high school, program participants take classes at Harvard University, practice the English language, learn about American culture, and develop leadership skills.
Crystal Bozigian, chair of the North Providence Department of Social Studies, said the NPHS student ‘ambassador’ group is made up of grade 10 and 11 leaders who are involved in various extracurricular activities and “do daily work. showing kindness to their peers â.
âOur ambassadors were delighted to share all the amazing aspects of our school and our city,â said Bozigian. “They were passionate about their school, delighted to take visitors from class to class, and provided necessary support to their new Japanese friends trying to learn our language and culture.”
At the meeting, Bozigian said, the students exchanged welcome and thank you gifts, and then got to know each other over breakfast. They attended classes together, played games like volleyball and basketball, and watched performances from the theater club, marching band, and choir.
Bozigian said what impressed her the most was that “despite language and cultural barriers, the only thing that mattered was that everyone had a smile on their face, the universal sign of happiness and kindness shared while creating memories together “.
NPHS Grade 11 student Ashley Picard said she uses hand gestures to overcome the language barrier and communicate with her partner, who she has kept in touch with.
His Spanish-speaking classmate Viannely Francisco met a half-Peruvian, half-Japanese student who spoke some Spanish, Japanese and English. âSpeaking Spanish myself, it was cool to communicate through her while she interpreted for the other students,â he said, adding that he was able to connect more with Japanese students through songs and dances.
âWe, the students, were the bridges that connected two cultures,â said Skylyn Senghor, a grade 11 student.