Yesterday the Ikata Junior-High Student Overseas Delegation arrived safely in Japan. After one night in the Tokyu hotel in Haneda airport, they headed on their way back to Ikata. As one would expect, the student's present-packed suitcases were very heavy. One of them was close to 100 pounds! From Matsuyama airport everyone got on a bus and I --thinking they would be tired--assumed they would all fall asleep on the ride home but boy was I wrong! They were really excited! "Are you all happy to be back?", I asked. "Yeah!" came their reply unanimously. But that's when Hirokazu turned to me and added, "Well...I'm happy, of course, but I wish I could have stayed longer. As long as if I was with my host family."
Our meeting when all the students report on their trip is set for sometime next month. Good luck everyone with writing your reports and see you all again then!
Everyone in smiles as they arrive in Matsuyama Airport
and leave the baggage claim area. Welcome home!
IIEA Chair Mr. Hirose came out to say a word of welcome
to the kids in the blistering 95-degree weather.