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    In partnership with the Sister Cities Commission, RPS hosted two teachers from Saitama, Japan in November.

    Mr. Junya Uchida was hosted by Rose Gordon, counselor at Mary Munford Elementary School. Ms. Yuka Hoshi was hosted by Heather Merriman, a teacher at Fox Elementary School.  

    A welcome dinner was held on November 16, and featured a number of cultural activities, including harpists and Hoshi performing a traditional Japanese dance. The group was recognized by the School Board on November 20 and met with Mayor Stoney on November 21. Both teachers took trips to Washington D.C. with their host families.

    With their school hosts, the teachers taught origami lessons and took field trips to the Valentine Museum and Henricus Park.

    RPS plans to send two teachers to Richmond’s Sister City, Saitama, in June 2018.