Kakehashi Community Event/ Japanese exchange students
Shaler Area High School
As part of the Japanese students' visit, Shaler Area High School will host the Kakehashi Community Event on March 25 at the high school auditorium. The program will include a performance by Pittsburgh Taiko, a Japanese drum performance troupe, and student presentations on Japanese culture. There will be a reception following the entertainment and presentations that will include the opportunity to speak with the visiting students.
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated. Please contact Steven Balsomico at Balsomicos@sasd.k12.pa.us with any questions or to RSVP.
Shaler Area High School and families will host 24 students from Igusa and Suginamo Soga High Schools, in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the Kakehashi Project. The Kakehashi (Bridge for Tomorrow) Project is an initiative of the Japanese government to promote youth exchange between the United States and Japan. The Japanese students are visiting Shaler Area High School from March 23-26 as part of their 10-day trip to America.
Shaler Area is one of 20 school districts throughout the country selected to participate in J-LEAP (Japanese Language Education Assistant Program), a program that places a native Japanese language assistant teacher in an American Japanese language classroom for a period of two years. Mr. Shunji Iwasaki, of Osaka, Japan, is co-teaching with Shaler Area High School Japanese teacher Steven Balsomico through June 2016.