The Saipan Mayor’s Office was inundated last Friday by 45 students from different parts of South Korea, who are on the island as part of a program that is intended to polish their basic English-speaking skills.
There are actually 90 students under the Asia Pacific Center of English School who are visiting the CNMI for a month but they had to be split into two groups in order to fit inside the Saipan Mayor’s Office.
The students are from the 2nd to 9th grade and are all from different parts of South Korea.
Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang himself welcomed the first group last Friday and thanked them for participating in a beach cleanup at the Sugar Dock beach in Susupe while they are here.
“I hope you’re enjoying your stay on the island. I know you…are picking up the trash and I want to thank you…for that and for also caring about our environment,” he said.
Apatang, along with one of the coordinators, Judy Kim, later presented the students with certificates to thank them for participating in beach cleanups.
According to Saipan Mayor’s Office student exchange coordinator Yuki Kishimoto, they weren’t able to fit the whole group into the conference room so they were split into two groups of 45 students each. The first 45 students met with Apatang last Jan. 17 and the next group will also meet with him on Jan. 23.
According to one of the coordinators of the Asian Pacific Center of English School, Yo Hon Park, the students are currently studying English, depending on their level of English skills, at Mount Carmel School.
Apatang encouraged the students to take lot of pictures so they can encourage their families and peers to visit the CNMI, too.
The group is being chaperoned by seven teachers and three coordinators from the Asia Pacific Center of English School.
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