Colorado Springs Students Strengthen City’s Cultural Ties with Japan

Nanami Watanabe, 15, of Fujiyoshida, Japan, is greeted by American students and faculty during a cultural exchange Aug. 7 at Skyview Middle School in Falcon School District 49. Nearly 20 of the school’s eighth graders welcomed 17 students from junior high schools in Fujiyoshida. The Mount Fuji community formed a sister city relationship with Colorado Springs in 1962. This year, social studies teacher Gary Heaston helped connect students from both countries within a public school.

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