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October 18, 2011 > Students from Huizhou visit Milpitas

Students from Huizhou visit Milpitas

Article and photo submitted by Gwan Alisantosa

On Sunday October 2, thirteen exchange students, two teachers and a vice principal from Huizhou No. 1 Middle School in China arrived for a visit to Milpitas. Mayor Jose Esteves presented the "key to the city" to the vice principal of Huizhou's school and then invited all to go inside City Hall to take a group photo.

Sister City Commission Chairperson, Dennis Grilli, thanked the host families for participating in this exchange program.

During their visit, the Huizhou students stayed with their host families and on weekdays shadowed the hosting students to their classes at Milpitas High School.

On the first night, the Alisantosa family teamed up with the Lopez family and took two students to a horse barn where they fed and walked the horses.

As the students wanted to try Malaysian food, they were treated to dinner at Layang Layang Restaurant on Calaveras Blvd.

The following day, members of the Sister City Commission, the visitors and some of the host students went to San Francisco for sightseeing. Others, depending on the suggestions of the host family, chose different activities to participate in such as: bowling, shopping at the Great Mall, sampling foods at Taco Bell or visiting Stanford University.

The evening before they were to leave, the Huizhou students were invited to a tailgate BBQ party at Milpitas High School where they enjoyed watching the school's football game and a performance by the marching band. The students left on the morning of Saturday, October 8 for the next leg of their journey to Washington D.C.

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