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THE KONU MYOSHI PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES IN SUMTER COUNTY

 LOCALS AND JAPANESE FRIENDS GATHER UPON ARRIVAL TO AMERICUS
LOCALS AND JAPANESE FRIENDS GATHER UPON ARRIVAL TO AMERICUS
THE KONU MYOSHI PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES IN SUMTER COUNTY

In 1990, Konu invited Mr. Jimmy Carter, the 39th U.S President, to visit the area. It was an event which took place in connection with the hanging bell of Shoganji Temple. But that is not the only evidence to show that the town is eagerly promoting international exchange. In the summer of 1991, some people from Konu traveled to the city of Americus, Georgia. Konu, has been expanding its international network.
The 2011 partnership between Myoshi City/Konu, Japan continued for four days in August, 2011. Arriving in Atlanta on August18th, the group toured The Carter Center before busing to Americus. Through the skilled planning of Mr. Chris Usrey, Technology Director for Sumter County Schools, students began their four day stay in Americus. At the Central Office of Sumter County Schools, administrative and political leadership of Myoshi City and Amercus first met. With skilled translation, words of welcome and excitement of the coming days were shared.
After introduction of students and home stay families, the students departed for a first night in Americus. The adults enjoyed dinner at The Station and then returned to The Windsor Hotel.
Friday, August 19, was filled with a morning tour of Plains and the informative touring of Mrs. Annette Wise. After returning to Americus, students began their visitation to several Sumter County Schools. At Americus-Sumter High School South Campus, guests gathered for lunch prepared in the CTAE building on the school campus. The meal was skillfully prepared served by students of the Culinary Arts Class. During the meal, the Americus High School Singers entertained the partnership guests.

At Sumter County Middle School, the Rhythm and Rhyme choral ensemble preformed for the visiting students. In bright costume, the students from Japan then performed an entertaining dance.
At 2:40 p.m., on Friday, a gift exchange between the leadership of the two organizations was enjoyed at the Sumter County Board of Education Central Office.
Saturday, August 20, was a day filled with relaxing adventure for home stay students, students from Japan and adults. In addition to his technology leadership, Chris Usrey is a pilot and his friends Mr. William T. Hodges graciously donated his aircraft to give the students and adults rides and Paul Pearson donated his time as pilot of Mr. Hodges aircraft. There were so many attendees that Mr. Franklin Williams of Southerfield aviation allowed use of a second aircraft to insure that everyone who wanted to fly was able to. After flying, Southerfield Aviation provided lunch and Stephanie Williams made sure everyone was fed and had a good time and even gave all of the Japanese students Southerfield carry bags as gifts.
After flying at Southerfield the students were taken to the river and enjoyed boating and swimming with Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Cowan and Mr. and Mrs. George Ellis. Chris Usrey, Mashuq Askerzada, and several students visited Myoshi City/Konu, Japan last year . He hopes to assemble another trip to Japan for the coming year and is trying to get interest from both students and adults interested in visiting Japan. Currently he is working with the Japanese delegation and if there is enough interest the proposed timeframe of the trip would be during the week of April 16th 20th. If parents are interested in possibly sending their students to visit Japan please contact Chris Usrey at cusrey@sumterschools.org for details.
Upon arrival, students and adults from Japan pose with local home stay families and students before the welcoming marquee of Sumter County Schools.

 
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