Dayton, Augsburg Celebrate Anniversary

Mayor Nan Whaley and city officials welcomed German exchange students from sister city Augsburg to Dayton during a morning reception in the library April 28.

Those on hand at CJ for the reception included Dayton Sister City Committee members Hunt Brown, chair; Ariel Walker, vice chair; Andrew Waldholtz, secretary; and John McCance, general member. Principal John Marshall and President Dan Meixner also addressed guests with a welcome and a thank you.

“This exchange is one example of how our students are learning to have hearts as wide as the world,” said Meixner, paraphrasing St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. “We feel very blessed because of the relationship we have with the Dayton Sister City Committee.”

The 2013-14 school year marks the fifth year for the student exchange, which is made possible through a partnership with the Dayton Sister City Committee and CJ's Junior Council on World Affairs (JCOWA), a subsidiary of the Dayton Council on World Affairs (DCOWA). Dayton and Augsburg are celebrating their 50th anniversary as sister cities in 2014.

Seventeen CJ families play host to high school students from Jakob Fugger Gymnasium over their 10-day stay (April 22 to May 2) in the Gem City. German students are accompanied by their teachers Mr. Wolfgang Burkhart and Ms. Sabine Keller. The exchange is organized and was started in 2009 by Mr. Tony Ricciuto, CJ social studies teacher and JCOWA moderator.

The trip itinerary includes local stops at Wright-Patterson AFB, Carillon Park, RiverScape MetroPark, SunWatch Indian Village, the Wright Cycle Company Complex, the Paul Laurence Dunbar House and Fifth Third Field for a Dayton Dragons game. The group will also tour sites in Columbus, plus students get to shadow their American counterparts at both CJ and Stivers School for the Arts

Jakob Fugger sophomore Markus Neff says he is excited to experience a new culture. "I'm looking forward to improving my English skills and seeing the American way of life."

German visitors depart from Dayton International Airport the morning of May 2 and will make a stop in New York before returning home to Augsburg.