Springfield High School will host 17 German exchange students and two teachers from Thursday, Oct. 12, through Thursday, Nov. 2, as part of the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP).
This will be the fourth time that Springfield High has hosted a group from Gnadenthal-Gymnasium Ingolstadt, its partner school in southern Germany. Their stay marks the first part of a student exchange within the guidelines of GAPP, whose primary goals are to foster cultural understanding and to improve proficiency in the target language. This student exchange will be returned in the summer of 2018 when a group of the same 18 Springfield High students two teachers will travel to Ingolstadt.
This year’s overarching theme of the exchange is urban development, which allows all participating students to look at and compare various aspects of urban development in the U.S. cities of Springfield, Chicago, and St. Louis, and the German cities Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, and Munich. The students will be staying with the families of Springfield High students enrolled in the school’s German program.
The German guests will arrive at Springfield Capital Airport late Thursday night and they will attend school for the first time the next day. An official welcome is planned in Springfield High commons on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m., with a potluck dinner prepared by the host families. The students will then be at SHS for a total of 10 days to attend several classes and give presentations on various cultural topics.
Highlights of the three-week stay will be field trips to Chicago and St. Louis. Other events and activities include:
Monday, Oct. 16: School Board Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 17: Architectural walk through downtown Springfield
Wednesday, Oct. 18: City Rallye “German Traces and Influences in and around Springfield”
Thursday, Oct. 19: Lincoln Sites Tour and Old State Capitol
Tuesday, Oct. 24: School visits at Marsh, Lindsay, Iles, Franklin, Grant and Lincoln Magnet
Wednesday, Oct. 25: Washington Park and Carillon, New State Capitol
Thursday, Oct. 26: Dana-Thomas House
Monday, Oct. 30: Trip to UIS , Farewell Party at O’Shea Builders