Melba High School recently received a Global Education Excellence Award from the EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
Awarded annually, the accolade is presented to high schools that demonstrate a commitment to international understanding and global awareness.
Melba School District was one of a select group of schools recognized across the U.S., for the 2011-12 school year, after it welcomed two EF Foundation exchange students, said local coordinator Ann Roe, who is looking for families willing to host two exchange students who will attend Melba High School next year.
Not only were last year’s exchange students, Giada Bovo, from Italy, and Flavia Deutschmann, from Austria, accepted into the school, they became an integral part of the school’s academic and extracurricular life, involving the community-at-large in the exchange experience, Roe added.
“Increasingly, parents, educators and the business community are recognizing the importance of preparing our kids for the global economy by creating ‘international’ experiences that broaden each student’s world perspectives,” said Dan Sodervall, president, EF Foundation for Foreign Study, in a press release. “Melba High School has shown an outstanding commitment to offering a global education. By welcoming exchange students into the classrooms, Melba High School has created new and unique learning opportunities not just for the exchange students, but for the American students and faculty as well.”
The foundation is currently accepting host family applications from families who are willing to open their home to a 15 to 18-year-old student from one of 25 countries around the world.
“We thank Melba High School for welcoming this year’s students,” said Roe. “The community and visiting students shared an unforgettable experience thanks to the generosity of Melba’s principal, teachers, students and families.”
To learn more about getting involved with high school exchange in Melba, contact Ann Roe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 899-0505.