The second round of South Korean students arrived in Canby to stay for the week.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Baker Prairie students wait in anticipation as students from Annam Middle School (Chang Won CIty) step off the bus on Jan. 11.

The wind and rain didn't stop Baker Prairie Middle School families from welcoming their second round of South Korean students last Thursday evening. Baker Prairie students waited patiently with their families inside the school for the bus to arrive and then at first sight of it, came rushing out in a large pack to greet the 21 students and two adults arriving from Annam Middle School.

This is the second group of South Korean students to visit Baker Prairie this year as part of the Korean Studies Program. The first group of 22 students came from Gangbuk Middle School in October.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - The South Korean visitors gather their things before partnering up with their Baker Prairie hosts that they stayed with for the week of Jan. 11-17.

John Van Acker, Baker Prairie's director of the exchange program, said that thousands of Canby middle school students have experienced the arrival of South Korean students over the course of the program's 10 years.

The students from Chang Won City stayed from Jan. 11-17 and participated in a variety of activities including a welcome ceremony, a family day and field trips to OMSI, Woodburn's Nike outlet store, the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood and more.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Baker Prairie Middle School seventh-grade student Natalie Austen welcomes Le Su Jin from Annam Middle School on Jan. 11.

Baker Prairie students will get their chance to travel to South Korea for two weeks in April.

Kristen Wohlers
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