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Mamaroneck to Host Students From Top Beijing High School

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Students from opposite sides of the world will come together Jan. 27 for a day of cultural exchange at Mamaroneck High School.

On that day, 45 students and 18 teachers from Beijing No. 101 High School, one of China's most prestigious schools, will visit with 80 to 90 of Mamaroneck High School's approximately 150 students studying Chinese.

The students, who will also visit a high school in Croton the same morning, will arrive in Mamaroneck around noon. Elizabeth Clain, MHS principal, and members of the language department have prepared a full afternoon of events for their guests.

Everyone will meet in the tiered classroom for a welcoming ceremony at 12:15 p.m., which will include five student performances. The students from Beijing will reciprocate with a performance of their own.

The students and faculty will then split up. While Mamaroneck students give the Beijing students a tour of the school, the teachers will participate in a round-table discussion in the teacher's lounge. Mamaroneck's Chinese teachers Michelle Liu and Rong Rong Le will translate for each side.

Everyone will reassemble for an art work display before saying goodbye around 3 p.m. As is custom in China, the Mamaroneck administration will present the Beijing teachers with a gift, which they are still working on. In addition, Mamaroneck students will give all of the Beijing students smaller gifts.

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