The town of Hanna grew by five people this week as they welcomed a contingent of exchange students from Wake, Japan.
 
It's a continuation of an annual visitation program that began several years ago.
 
"They're very excited to be here and (looking forward to) lots of great activities that they're planning to engage in while they're here," reported Gwen Snell, Hanna's Director of Community Services. "Everything from a tour of the modernization of our high school to going out and maybe doing some horseback riding, checking out the area and seeing the amenities that we have in our community."
 
The four students and their chaperone arrived on Wednesday from the city of about 14,000 roughly 100 kilometres northeast of Hiroshima and will spend the next two weeks with their hosts, Hanna Mayor Chris Warwick and his family.
 
"One of our (town) councillors is hosting our chaperone," noted Snell. "I think the comment from Cathy (Watts) last night was her visitor is very enthusiastic and full of life. It's an honour is exactly what Cathy said, it's an honour to be hosting at her home."
 
At the end of the Japanese students' visit, they will return home accompanied by two Hanna students, Abigail Warwick and Kali Richardson, who will spend three weeks in Wake.
 
"The mayor of Wake did, in fact, write to the mayor of Hanna expressing his appreciation and thanking the mayor for continuing with the program," added Snell. "They really feel that it's valuable for their students to be coming to our community and taking part in that exchange."

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