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Yakima School District Low on Host Families for Exchange Program

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The Yakima School District is scrambling to find more host families for some Japanese exchange students who are set to arrive in Yakima in April. The Yakima School District is scrambling to find more host families for some Japanese exchange students who are set to arrive in Yakima in April.

YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima School District is scrambling to find more host families for some Japanese exchange students who are set to arrive in Yakima in April.

As of now, Yamate High School in Japan is sending 80 of their students here which requires 41 host families, but the Yakima School District only have 25 host families signed up.

There is a 40-year history between Yamate High School and Yakima with the exchange program.

Mary Beth Wright who organizes the exchange said the exchange is a great experience for everyone, not just the students.

"As a host family here, no one would be sorry to do this.  To open your home to two of these students, they're wonderful kids, and just making that new friendship."

Applications are available in high school offices in the Yakima, Selah, West Valley, Highland and Naches School Districts, as well as LaSalle and Riverside Christian High Schools.

You do not need to have a student in school to be a host parent.  The deadline to sign up is this Friday.

Wright said if not enough people sign up to be a host parent, they district will reevaluate to see if there is enough community support to continue the exchange program.

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