For the last two weeks, the hallways and classes at Letcher County Central High School have welcomed 16 new German exchange students. The students and their two English teachers from Zwickau Gymnasium in Germany arrived at Bluegrass Airport on Oct. 4 and visited our community until Oct. 17. The students of LCCHS and Zwickau, Germany col- laborated on a joint project to compare the cultures, sports, and schools of their respective homes.
Regina Donour coordinated the exchange program with the German school, where nine LCCHS students traveled last June to live with host families and attend school in Germany. The German students are a part of this exchange as they spent the last two weeks with host students and their families, attending school and becoming immersed in the culture of Letcher County.
Activities were planned for hikes to Bad Branch Falls, Lilley Cornett Woods, and the Devil’s Bathtub in Virginia. On Oct. 10, the group traveled to Pikeville for a Zipline excursion. Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church welcomed the group on Oct. 14 for a family night at the Letcher County Recreation Center for an evening of bowling, pizza, and volleyball. Host families in the community embraced the German guests and offered lifelong experiences for them. Long-term friendships were formed among students of Letcher County Central High School and Zwickau Gymnasium.