• Exchange Student

    A Part Of The Family

    FARMINGTON — A Farmington family has hosted enough foreign exchange students that they are now hosting a “granddaughter,” the child of one of their earliest exchange-student “sons.” Rich and Carol Bundsgaard hosted German student Stefan Klemmer in 1996-1997 when they lived in Jonesboro. Fast forward to 2021, and sitting at their table in their home outside Farmington is Klemmer’s daughter, Fiene. She is a high school junior enrolled in eight classes at Farmington High School and has joined its soccer and track teams. Fiene wasn’t supposed to be with the Bundsgaards. Her original placement was with a family in Texas. However, the placement didn’t work out, and she joined the…

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  • Exchange Student

    Farmington Family Hosting Child Of Prior Exchange Student

    FARMINGTON — A Farmington family has hosted enough foreign exchange students that they are now hosting a “granddaughter,” the child of one of their earliest exchange-student “sons.” Rich and Carol Bundsgaard hosted German student Stefan Klemmer in 1996-1997 when they lived in Jonesboro. Fast forward to 2021, and sitting at their table in their home outside Farmington is Klemmer’s daughter, Fiene. She is a high school junior enrolled in eight classes at Farmington High School and has joined its soccer and track teams. Fiene wasn’t supposed to be with the Bundsgaards. Her original placement was with a family in Texas. However, the placement didn’t work out, and she joined the…

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  • Home Schooling

    Radford family takes homeschooling on the road for cross-country pandemic adventure

    RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) – Last year many families had to get creative when it came to their kids’ education. And for one Radford family, they decided to take homeschooling to a whole new level by hitting the road. With three kids, a dog and a cat, the Kopfs decided there was more to see during lockdown than the inside of their home. Eight-year-old triplets Nora, Anna, and Ella Kopf are a hoot! “Oh look, I have egg on [my shirt] from my breakfast,” Nora said making her sisters erupt in giggles. They were all too excited to show off their national park shirts and badges from the incredible adventure they…

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  • Exchange Student

    Exchange student program seeks family placements

    BIG RAPIDS – If you’ve ever hosted an exchange student, or been one yourself, you know that programs that encourage exchange student participation can change lives. Currently, the STS Foundation, one of the largest student exchange programs is seeking families to place students with for the upcoming school year. The STS Foundation is a Department of State designated sponsor responsible for all aspects of the high school exchange program. The organization offers American families the opportunity to become citizen diplomats by welcoming an international high school student into their home. The organization’s mission is to facilitate educational opportunities where all participants can break down cultural barriers, and gain respect and…

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    Julian Hoss, Germany exchange student, new family, school, friends

    What Julian Hoss knew about West Virginia before coming here as an exchange student can be summed up in two words, “Country Roads.” “That’s all I really had ever heard about this state,” Hoss said. “I did know the governor’s name and the state capitol. But I came here with no real idea what to expect.” Hoss, who lives in western Germany, said his father encouraged him to sign up with the International Cultural Exchange Service (ICES) which matches students with families. “I had never really tried anything so different from my daily life,” he said. “Others in the program said I’d end up making new friends and gain a…

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  • Exchange Student

    Calistoga Rotary exchange student pays a visit to her host family in Finland | Lifestyles

    Calistoga Rotary Exchange Student Olivia Morgan, far right, and mom Lisa Morgan (next to her) with Olivia’s host family in Finland in 2019.  Submitted photo FOR THE WEEKLY CALISTOGAN Calistoga Rotary Club exchange student Olivia Morgan spent the 2009 school year in Finland. Ten years later, she and her mom, Lisa, took a 10-year anniversary trip to visit Olivia’s host family in Finland in 2019. Lisa reports that Olivia now lives in Oakland, and she has taken up baking as a trade. She bakes artisan bread in big wood-fired ovens at an establishment in Oakland called Firebrand. Rotarians remember the wonderful letters to the club that Olivia wrote while in Finland.…

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  • Jobs

    Video shows man screaming ‘get a f—ing job’ at family in line for church’s food drive

    Video from Buckeye, Ariz., shows a man in his truck yelling at a family in line for a food drive to “get a f—king job.” The video, obtained and reported by local CBS News affiliate Arizona’s Family, shows a man in a white truck yelling at the family while they waited in their car on Thursday for food offered by a local church’s food drive.  The family, which asked the outlet to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, says the man accused them of not needing the free food and yelled at them in front of their four young children. The parents said they’ve been struggling like many families…

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