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Homes sought for exchange students in Plum

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Chinese students address a Mandarin I class at Hampton High School. The Plum School District will soon welcome 40 Chinese exchange students to its fifth-grade classrooms for about a month.
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Chinese students address a Mandarin I class at Hampton High School. The Plum School District will soon welcome 40 Chinese exchange students to its fifth-grade classrooms for about a month.

Plum School District is seeking residents to house Chinese fifth-graders for a few weeks as they experience life and education in the borough.

Superintendent Tim Glasspool said the district plans to welcome 40 students through the Shenzhen International Exchange Program from Sept. 30 through Oct. 22.

“It's actually quite exciting for Plum Borough. Not just for the students who come here, but for our students to learn about another culture,” Glasspool said.

Glasspool said one of the reasons Chinese families send their students to the United States is to help them get into a prestigious middle school back home. Students coming to Plum will speak English and be accompanied by Chinese educators while in school.

Residents selected to house the children will receive a $750 stipend. Applications to participate in the program are available online at bit.ly/2uIsKpi. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31.

Glasspool said the district will work with a Pittsburgh agency to find housing for the students if not enough families apply.

Call Glasspool at 412-798-6350 or email glasspoolt@pbsd.k12.pa.us for more information.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367.

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