netherlandsOn Saturday, April 30, fifthteen high school students from Holland will arrive Des Moines International Airport to spend fourteen days in Sully.  Jeff Corbett, Lynnville-Sully MS Math teacher has been corresponding and planning this trip with Holland teachers, Kate Van Wijck and Carla Salden for the past couple years.  Ms. Van Wijck is a graduate of Central College (Pella) and was a student teacher at Lynnville-Sully.  Each of the students will be staying with a host family in the Lynnville-Sully school district.  The objective for the students is to practice their use of the English language and gain a brief exposure to America’s education system, lifestyles, and business environment.

To accomplish their objective, several activities have been planned.  The students from Holland will spend time in the classroom with Lynnville-Sully and Sully Christian students.  They will participate in the Lynnville-Sully high school music concert where the national anthem for the Netherlands will be played. A meeting with Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds has been arranged during a tour of the state capital.   A highlight of the visit will be an opportunity to view and experience Pella’s version of a Dutch celebration.  They will be in one of the Tulip Time parades and it’s possible they may get to work in the Sully Lions Tulip Time food booth.  What a treat!

On four days of their visit, each Holland student has been assigned to work at a business that is in a field of study they’re interested in.   This will include places like Pella Hospital, Newton Clinic, Hy-Vee, First State Bank, Lynnville-Sully Vet Clinic, Lynnville-Sully and Sully Christian Schools, and others.  For fun activities, the students will be attending an Iowa Cubs baseball game, visiting a working farm, touring Iowa Speedway, visiting Kalona’s sale barn and eating an Amish lunch.

People in the community have an open invitation to attend a “Community Tea Time” at the Sully Community Center the afternoon of Tuesday, May 3rd.  The students from Holland will be available to talk with and answer questions that people have about the Netherlands.  They’re hopeful that people in the community, especially senior citizens will take this opportunity to come and speak the Dutch language with them.

On Friday, May 13th, the students will depart at 8am from Des Moines by bus to Chicago.  They will spend a couple days sightseeing before they will depart from O’Hare Airport for Holland.