GRAFTON, Mass. - For the fifth year, Grafton High School and Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School will be hosting several students from the Lessing Schule in Bochum, Germany, home of Bayer aspirin.
The students are looking forward to attending classes at Valley Tech or Grafton High School’s for three weeks, since they heard from classmates that “Grafton and BV Tech are the best schools in the world," said Grafton resident Ellen Onorato, who organizes the international visits each year.
Host families in Grafton and Northbridge are being sought for the German teens from Oct. 5 through 27. Students are chaperoned by their two teachers, have full medical insurance, spending money and a local coordinator is on call 24/7.
Host families provide a loving home, meals and a bed. Host families gain insight into another culture, gain a global friend, earn 30 hours of community service and enjoy a wonderful experience, organizers said.
Though German “gymnasium” schools are generally more advanced academically than American high schools, Onorato said, their students learn core subjects but are often unable to experience the arts, athletics and other school activities they appreciate here.
Contact Onorato for more information and to see the student bios/photos. Call 508-826-1912 or email email@example.com.