Students from Holland Elementary School had the chance to meet visitors from Kochi, Japan as the school celebrates a 50-year connection with Kochi and one of its schools, Enokuchi Elementary School. A 25-member delegation from Kochi observed American educational/instructional practices at Holland as part of a visit that also included meeting with the mayor and city officials. The school prepared a special welcome.
Holland Elementary’s connection to Enokuchi Elementary began in 1965 as part of the city of Fresno’s involvement in the Sister Cities program. About a year ago, retired Fresno Unified principal Don Beauregard delivered mementos from Holland to Enokuchi students, who sent various souvenirs back with him for Holland students. The renewed connection with Enokuchi school has expanded Holland students’ world view and increased their knowledge of Japanese culture.