PALMDALE – Eight middle school students and two teachers are visiting the Antelope Valley as part of the Peruvian Student Exchange Program, a unique program that allows students to share multicultural values.
“For the next two weeks, students from Peru will visit our students at Los Amigos,” stated Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to make friends with foreign students, learn about their culture, art, music and language. It’s a great partnership.”
This is the second year the Palmdale School District has hosted this program, which offers the students a chance to study in a dual immersion school, in which students learn both English and Spanish.
Cesar Gabriel Aranda Briones, Hiroshi Félix Yokokura Hinostroza, Sandro Stefano Ostos Sanchez, Adrian Peralta Nuñez, Vareria Stephanie Luy Lopez, Valeria Sue Espinoza Roman, Paula Yovanka Morales Fajardo and Camila Illariy Moya Vásquez are the eight students staying in the district for the program this year. The two teachers are Karina Babilonia Sarmiento and Amparo Dayanna Johnson-Masias de Diaz.
They are staying with sponsors, who are teachers working for the Palmdale School District.
The group attended a Palmdale School District board meeting last week and offered a presentation and gifts to board members. Brian Anguiano, from Assemblyman Tom Lackey’s office, Isaac Barcelona, from Congressman Steve Knight’s Office, and board members from the Palmdale Water District were on hand to give certificates of recognition to the Peruvian students and teachers.
“It has been a marvelous experience, especially for the students… these students are so excited to be here. Not only to be in the United States but to come to school, this is something that will prepare them when they go to learn at a University,” stated Rosa Armstrong, Palmdale School District administrative assistant and trip coordinator.
The students will also visit Universal Studios, Disneyland, Hollywood and tour the Palmdale Water facilities during their stay.
The Palmdale School District hopes to continue this program next year.
[Information via news release from the Palmdale School District.]