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The Germans (students) are here


Wednesday night, Sept. 25, 20 Germans students and 2 teachers invaded our community. They are staying with 18 different host families. They will be here until Sunday, Oct. 13. While here, they’ll be participating in an array of activities.

The students have prepared some games and activities to teach our community members about what Germany looks like today. They will also be providing some food samples. These students are here through our GAPP program. GAPP stands for German American Partnership Program. EV-W has had this partnership with GAG (Graf Anton Guenther School) since the 1980s. It was started by former EV-W German Teacher, Don Kjar. Every other year, students from GAG visit our school and we then reciprocate the exchange the following summer. I can’t say enough good things about this program. Deep bonds are formed amongst the students and their families. In fact, last summer alone we had eight former GAPPies come back to visit the friends and former host-families! 

The visitors arrived at the MSP airport at 3:55 p.m., then by bus to EV-W. Thursday, Sept. 26, they shadowed their partners at school, were welcomed by Mr. Kiehn, the EV-W High School principal. Activities that day included second hour in Mrs. Orbeck’s classroom, Homecoming Pepfest at 2:55 p.m., and volleyball game against Pierz at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27, they visited first-hour homeroom of Mrs. Sandmann. the afternoon involved decorating the homecoming float for the parade. There was a football game versus Pierz at 7 p.m.

Saturday was spent with family, then a welcome party at Tom Schmitt’s at 5 p.m., followed by the Homecoming Dance at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29 was with family, and an optional field trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

Monday, Sept. 30 was school in the morning, followed by a walking tour of Eden Valley after lunch with local historian Jim Haag. There was also an optional volleyball game.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 is a field trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul with a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building, bus tour of the city, afternoon shopping at the Mall of America, and return to EV-W at
8 p.m.

Each day has planned activities and time with their host families. Monday, Oct. 7 is a planned evening community presentation.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 is a tour of the Cold Spring brewery and bakery and lunch at Marnatellis, a visit to the Grasshopper Chapel and optional volleyball game.

Wednesday, Oct. 9 is a planned Field Day at the University of Minnesota 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10 are presentations in EV-W classrooms, followed by a volleyball game against Kimball at 7 p.m. at EV-W.

Friday, Oct. 11 is school in the morning, afternoon at the A Maze’n Farmyard with their partners. At 7 p.m. is a football game against Kimball at EV-W.

Saturday, Oct. 12 is with host family and Farewell Party at Brittany Hesse’s home.

Sunday, Oct. 13 is departure from EV-W High School at 7 a.m.