Eastern European students visit SM East as part of program through state department


SM East students on Tuesday had the chance to hear what it’s like growing up and going to school half a world away.

Nine students from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus visited classes throughout the school today as part of a leadership program sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of State. The students started their trip to the U.S. at Lake Tahoe, where they attended a series of leadership classes. They are in Kansas City for ten days before heading to Washington, D.C. for five days to close out the trip.

The students were selected for inclusion in the trip based on their academic records and teacher recommendations as well as their fluency in English.

During their time in the Kansas City area, the students will be taking part in a number of cultural activities, including a visit to the Liberty Memorial and World War I Museum. On Wednesday, they will take part in a forum discussion in the SM East Little Theater where they’ll discuss the political and educational environments in their countries and take questions from SM East students.