The Saipan Mayor’s Office was overflowing yesterday with 45 Korean students, who are on the island as part of a program that is intended to polish their basic English-speaking skills.
The second batch of students under the Asia Pacific Center of English School, which consists of 90 students in all, were welcomed to the Mayor’s Office by Henry Hofschneider, special assistant to Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang.
The students are from second to the ninth grade and come from different parts of South Korea.
Apatang was unable to meet with the students as he was stuck in a meeting, according to Saipan Mayor’s Office student exchange coordinator Yuki Kishimoto.
Hofschneider, however, did a great job of welcoming the students and informing them about the services of the Saipan Mayor’s Office, which includes issuing marriage licenses, registering dogs, and more.
Asia Pacific Center of English School coordinators Judy Kim and Yo Hon Park later presented the students with certificates for cleaning up the Sugar Dock beach in Chalan Kanoa prior to going to the Saipan Mayor’s Office in Oleai. The students then took pictures with Hofschneider and project manager Lee Tenorio.
According to Park, the students are studying English, depending on their level of English skills, at the Mount Carmel School.
The group is being chaperoned by two teachers and three coordinates from the Asia Pacific Center of English School.
Apatang met with the first 45 students last Jan. 17.