Hanna, Alberta and Wake, Japan's exchange program is in full effect and Hanna's own Beck Halter has traveled to their city.

The exchange program started back up after the Mayor of Wake visited Hanna to help celebrate their centennial.

The Japanese students arrived in Canada on July 26, and had a vast amount of activities for them to do.

"We tried to include some of our normal everyday culture. I know myself we loaded up and went down to Pollickville to catch the bronc action out there. You know that is professional cowboys at its best. Nothing says Canada, Alberta, and our region better than that event. Got a little taste of Alberta," explained Hanna's Director of Community Services, Gwen Snell.

Snell continues on to say that they put a lot of effort into making the students feel welcome, and are they are treated like royalty when they are down here.

"It was wonderful to see the adventures and flavors that each family provided for these students when they were visiting. Their was definitely tears when they were leaving, I know that they made life long friendships, and thoroughly enjoyed their time here in Canada," continued Snell. "I know speaking with the (Japan) chaperone, they were very pleased with the courtesy's they were given while they were here."

Now, it's is Beck Halter turn to explore all that Japan has to offer.

He took off on August 7 with the other Japanese students.

"Everyone of our students that has gone over there has reported back on how well they were treated while they were over there," praised Snell.

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