Solanco students “buddy up” with students from England

| March 26, 2018

UK students - state capitol3WEBIt is a busy, exciting and educational week for Solanco students and their new friends from England. Solanco students and the visiting students and teachers from St. Bede’s High School in Lancashire, England have toured the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg where state representative Bryan Cutler took them to the floor of the House of Representatives (photos).

Solanco students and their families are hosting two dozen students and six teachers from England this week. It’s part of an on-going overseas relationship between Solanco and St. Bede’s High School that began in 2007. During the past 11 years, St. Bede’s students have visited Solanco three times, while Solanco students and teachers have traveled to St. Bede’s twice.

Seventeen Solanco High School students and seven middle school students have each become a ”buddy” with a St. Bede’s student. Together, they are enjoying unique American sights, sounds and tastes while attending classes in Solanco High School and the middle schools, and visiting the state capitol building in Harrisburg, the Hershey Chocolate Factory, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Teachers from St. Bede’s will also attend and observe Solanco classes.


UK Students - state capitol1WEBSt. Bede’s students are staying with the Solanco student they “buddy up” with, enabling them to experience American family homelife. St. Bede’s students will also tour New York City prior to returning home to Lancashire.

Retiring Solanco Business Manager Tim Shrom helped initiate this unique learning opportunity for Solanco and St. Bede’s students, and he has coordinated the five visits to Solanco and Lancashire that have occurred during the past 11 years. He said many students have developed lasting friendships with their “overseas” buddies that continue to this day.



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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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