For the first time in several years a student exchange program between Hanna and the town of Wake (Wah-KAY), Japan may not go ahead.
The latest check before the April 14 application deadline showed not one local student had signed up for the three week trip.
"The students that have participated, both from Wake and Hanna, have reported just such a valuable experience in terms of crossing that ocean of understanding and connecting between cultures," noted Gwen Snell, Hanna's Director of Community Services.
"We've had students come over that were just so enthusiastic because they loved horses and the host family was able to connect them up doing some horseback riding," she related. "Others that enjoy golf and they can't believe our wide open spaces and the ability to get a tee time at almost any time you want."
The Grade 9-12 student exchange program began between Hanna and Wake in 1991 and continued until 2002. The program was revitalized in 2014 and since then, five students have traveled to Japan during August, a month after their host students from Wake visited here.
"Tyson (Sabey), our most recent participant from last summer, said he was really apprehensive about going alone," recalled Snell. "Now that he's come back his advice for students is three weeks isn't long enough; embrace it, go for it, you won't regret it."