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Do not say Goodbye, Friendly Familes Host a Farewell Party

Byline: by Jisoo Kim

Posted: May 11, 2013

International students and their “friendly families” celebrated together for a final farewell party on Sat, May 4.

Pictures were on display recounting the international students’ memorable moments during their stay at Wilson from when they met their friendly families until now.

Director of International Students, Paul Miller gave the opening greeting. All international students introduced themselves and talked about their future plans. They also discussed their best, happy and unforgettable memories while enjoying delicious food.

Friendly families help international students adjust

Through this program, international students and the families spend time together during the students’ stay in the U.S. The friendly families help the students adapt by introducing them to American culture most notably holidays, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, and Easter, and of course, s’more making.


One of the friendly families, Gary and Virginia Lewis, really enjoyed this program.

“The main thought [of] this endeavor is how educational and enriching the experience was for us and the young students. We certainly realize that the opportunity to travel and expand one's view of the world is something that all people should embrace. Essentially, all humans, regardless of where they live have the same aspirations of finding happiness, peace and fulfillment,” said Lewis.

They enjoyed meeting all the students from the many represented counties and learning about the different cultures.

“We had many revelations as a result of this program. We took Borae Lee to many movies, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, took her to our church, and many shopping experiences culminating in a trip to Tyson Corners in Washington, DC. We also enjoyed her visits to our home where we had a chance to engage in a wide range of conversations, plus she met 2 of our 4 children plus our 2 dogs & 3 cats. We always enjoyed her company,” said Virginia Lewis.

The Lewis family plans to participate in the Friendly Family Program next year too.

Last Updated: May 11, 2013

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