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Host families are needed for 10 students and three adults for the Oct. 27-31 sister city exchange.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Nyuzen Mayor Haruhito Sasajima, right, poses for pictures with Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax at the dedication of a peace pole in Forest Grove in July.Forest Grove residents are being encouraged to open their homes to students visiting from Nyuzen, Japan, later this month.

Nyuzen, a port town on the Japanese island of Honshu, is Forest Grove's only sister city. The communities have been twinned since the late 1980s, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their sister city relationship earlier this summer when a delegation from Nyuzen visited Forest Grove.

As part of the sister city relationship, the Forest Grove School District and Nyuzen schools have a student exchange every year. This year's student delegation visit is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, to Wednesday, Oct. 31.

According to the Forest Grove Sister Cities Committee, host families are needed for members of the student delegation: 10 students, ranging from middle to high school age, and three adults.

Host families are responsible for providing a place for delegates to sleep, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), and transportation. The committee also wants to ensure hosts can provide the Nyuzen students with "a chance to experience our way of life first-hand."

Anyone interested in hosting a member of the student delegation this month or learning more about the opportunity can contact Forest Grove City Recorder Anna Ruggles at 503-992-3235 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Host family application forms are available on the city's website.


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