Lee’s Summit R-7 hosts visitors from China as part of school-to-school exchange

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Thanks to a long-running partnership with a school in Xi’an, China, Lee’s Summit R-7 students and families had the opportunity to host visiting students and learn more about China during February.

A total of 18 Chinese guests from Chang’an No. 1 High School visited the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Feb. 18-24 including 14 students and four teachers. The visitors spent the week with host families from all three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools.

Due to several snow days, the students’ schedule was adjusted with the visitors touring just one high school — Lee’s Summit West — this year. The group also visited the Stansberry Leadership Center and met Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent.

In addition, the Chinese students and teachers participated in a tour of Royals Stadium and Arrowhead and visited Paradise Park, the Lee’s Summit Exit Room and a laser tag facility. Host families also took their guests to a variety of local attractions including several shopping malls, the Plaza, Union Station, Crown Center, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Bass Pro.

A group of Lee’s Summit R-7 students from all three high schools as well as several staff members will visit China March 15-26. The students and their families fund their own trips as part of the exchange program. The group will start their tour in Beijing, followed by Xi’an and Shanghai.

Chinese guests are pictured with Dr. Carpenter at the Stansberry Leadership Center.

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