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Acadia ambassadors enjoy hands-on history lessons

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Canadian and German students at the St. Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg, Germany — a prime example of Gothic architecture.

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Canadian and German students at the St. Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg, Germany — a prime example of Gothic architecture. Photo Store

Mrs. Jacqui Kroeker, vice-principal of Acadia Junior High, is indeed a superb MOTHER — Most Outstanding Teacher Having Exceptional Responsibilities.

Supported by teachers Matt Oberholtzer and Tony Paukovic, she led the German-Canadian exchange program this year, escorting 30 Acadia students across the Atlantic to experience the diverse and rich culture of Germany and its surrounding countries — Austria and the Czech Republic, and visiting places of interest like:

• A cruise on the Koenigssee and a tour of the salt mine in Berchtesgaden;
• A guided tour of the BMW plant in Dingolfing;
• A tour of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp;
• A guided tour of the castle Herrenchiemsee.

Acadia Junior High has just concluded its eighth German Exchange visit with German partners from a high school in Pfarrkirchen, Bavaria in the southern part of Germany, reciprocating the earlier visit of their friends to Winnipeg at the beginning of September 2013.

Pfarrkirchen is a small town with approximately 11,000 inhabitants. It is set within rolling hills and is only one hour from Munich and Salzburg. In addition to "the incredible welcome pot luck and the farewell dinner," according to Kroeker, the students’ host families took Acadia students "on a tour of Munich, Austria, the Czech Republic, and many other places during the evenings and weekends", thereby enriching the "diversity of this great exchange", and that "the students' perspective of the trip was that they had the opportunity to have hands on history lessons."

Acadia students enjoyed the inspiring and energizing bond they had built with the German students, and some will turn out to be lifelong friendships.

There will be a further exchange this year, and hopefully, many more to follow. In April/May 2015, principal Troy Scott, Mrs. Gibson and Mr. Paukovic will be escorting the Canadian students over to Bavaria.

Sunday Olukoju is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond. You can contact him at sunday.olukoju@gmail.com

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