During the 2015-2016 school year, 16 students enrolled in German language studies at Kell High School will participate in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), a foreign exchange program between high schools in Germany and the United States.
This fall, Kell will welcome 16 students and 2 teachers from their partner school, the Dr. Wilhem Andre Gymnasium high school, located in Chemnitz, Germany. These students will live with families, attend school and experience life as American teenagers. In return, the Kell students and 2 Kell teachers will travel to Germany in June 2016 to learn about German culture and everyday life while living with German families and attending school.
The exchange program at Kell is spearheaded by Herr Timo Snider, Foreign Languages Department Head. Snider says the program is very beneficial to Kell students, “International learning and knowledge propels students towards acceptance and understanding of different cultural and community perspectives, and is a way to encourage interest in global issues.”
The Kell students have been busy planning activities around the community for their new German friends and are looking forward to visiting the World of Coca Cola, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Atlanta History Center, Kennesaw Mountain and, of course, attending Kell football games! To help pay for the costs associated with the exchange program, the Kell students held a pancake breakfast and several car washes over the summer.