By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

The Minnetonka School District will celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday, Feb. 13, 2011. This event coincides with the first ever student visit from Hangzhou Foreign Language School with whom the Minnetonka School District has a sister school relationship.

 By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

The Minnetonka School District will celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday, Feb. 13, 2011. This event coincides with the first ever student visit from Hangzhou Foreign Language School with whom the Minnetonka School District has a sister school relationship.

About 20 high school students will be visiting Minnetonka High School (MHS) from Feb 5 – 12.  They will visit major cultural and government sites in the Twin Cities, and shadow MHS students in classes for two days. The tentative schedule has these students arriving from China on Feb. 15 when they will meet students and their respective host families at the High School.

The days following will have them participating in Minnesota-type winter activities, shopping at Mall of America, attending a basketball and hockey game at MHS, spending time with MHS students in class, visiting some cultural sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul. There will be a dinner reception at the high school attended by the school board and administration at which there might be performances by the Hangzhou students. The students will have plenty of time to spend with their host family and they will experience a volunteer activity by participating with them at "Feed the Starving Children." Although Yao Ming won't be playing, they attend a Timberwolves game. Before their departure they will experience a full day of activities with their host family.

The Minnetonka School District has been teaching Chinese at the middle school and high school levels since 1985 and has been a sister school with Hangzhou Foreign Language School since 1987. Each Year Minnetonka hosts two Chinese Exchange teachers from Hangzhou.  Minnetonka began an elementary Chinese Language Immersion Program in 2007. Today, more than 550 Minnetonka students (grades K-4, 7-12) are studying the Chinese language.

Simultaneous with the visit by the 20 students from China, MHS will also have 15 students visiting from the Netherlands.  Both are in conjunction with the MHS International Studies program at MHS.

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