Foreign College kids visit local grade schools and family get togethers.
A way to teach kids about people from other lands.
from left to right, Lorri, Stephanie, Nao Miysaka, Akei
That night after visiting Bushnell Elementary school, Nao and his
friend visited the Timbs residence. We watched a movie then the kids
and Nao played hide n seek. Steve and Steff were the kings of the
neighborhood. All the kids in the housing project had to come over
and meet Nao.
This was great because again the kids had something to talk about
other than street stuff. This is what we need, a way to divert the
kids away from the poor morals and bad manners of the street. Aviation,
races, foreign student visits, model building, movies, newsletters and
other activities keeps these kids headed in the right direction.
Making this type of activity a part of Y-I-BET would be a very good
thing, however, finding interested students was a problem. I have
worked with the students at WIU for a couple of years trying to find someone
interested in visiting our local schools. This was a terrifying
task to most of these students and until Nao agreed to give a talk, there
were no students interested.
Another problem with this experiment was the fact that both the WIU
students and the staff at the local schools were very busy. Setting
up a date around everyone's schedule was not an easy chore.
Using the school visitations as part of the Y-I-BET would be a good activity
only after the Y-I-BET program has been well established providing other
activities that are more easily accomplished.