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Cave Creek schools receive visits from sister schools in China


CAVE CREEK – All four Cave Creek Unified School District schools that offer Mandarin Chinese language programs have an official sister school in China. Students from these Chinese schools are now making the long trip to come meet their peers in person and stay for a few days.

Recently, 65 local families from Cactus Shadows High School and Sonoran Trails Middle School hosted the visiting students in their homes, taking them to barbecues, football games, concerts, and other traditional U.S. events. During the day, the Chinese students shadowed their U.S. buddy at school.

Cactus Shadows High School also held an official Welcome Ceremony that involved the two country’s administrators signing sister school agreements, launching a new local Chinese Club for students, student musical performances, local Chinese food, and a ping-pong exhibition match. Besides shadowing their buddy, both U.S./China students participated in panel discussions introducing themselves, sharing their geographic locations and dialoging about each country’s most pressing environmental issues. Support for this event was provided in part by the Teachers of Critical Languages Program’s follow-on grant funds. This program was sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by American Councils for International Education.

“The world we live in is shrinking but the environmental concerns are growing,” said CCUSD World Language Programs Coordinator Cristina Ladas. “It’s our job as educators to begin to connect students around the world as early as possible so that they can begin to work together to find solutions to the one thing that belongs to all of us: Earth.”

For more information about the World Language Programs in Cave Creek Unified
School District, contact Cristina Ladas, World Language Programs Coordinator at
(480) 518-4289 or