ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Boylan High School welcomed some special visitors Friday from halfway across the world.
Nearly 30 ninth-grade students from Boylan's Chinese sister school, Wenling Experimental Middle School, spent their first day shadowing classes and participating in school activities and events. The students also attended an afternoon prep rally.
Wenling students will explore Rockford with field trips to the Burpee Museum and Discovery Center. The students leave Rockford on Feb. 12, but will also spend five days between San Francisco and Los Angeles before returning home to China.
Boylan leaders say the sister school program opens students eyes to appreciating other cultures.
"It helps our students understand that people from different parts of the world think differently, and then just communitcating cross culturally and learning a language. said Tracy Cammell, a Mandarin Chinese teacher at Boylan High School. "It just emphasizes the importance of that in our global society."
As part of the sister school program, six Boylan students will have the opportunity to visit Wenling this summer during a one-month service trip.