May 23, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

118 Japanese students visit Equestrian Center on Memorial Day

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host 118 Japanese high school students and 12 teachers and administrators on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 4 p.m., at Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center, 4007 N. Farm Road 171.

The Equestrian Center visit is designed to offer an authentic American experience, including horse rides, hayrides, fishing, yard games, roping demonstrations, drill team presentations and a cookout. Activities take place 4-7 p.m., with dinner served 5-6:30.

The group is visiting from Springfield’s Sister City, Isesaki, Japan, through the Missouri State University English Language Institute’s Isesaki Global Leadership Academy, in partnership with the Springfield Sister Cities Association.

Isesaki and Springfield have been Sister Cities since 1996, promoting "Peace through People" and sharing friendships, cultural exchanges and exchange trips throughout the relationship.

The students, teachers and administrators, from Isesaki’s Yotsuba High School, arrive Saturday, May 24, to spend a total of 10 days in Springfield, studying at the academy while learning about American culture and contributing to community service projects. The students are high school juniors, aged 16-17.

For more information about the student exchange program, contact Kelsey L. Goin, Special Programs Coordinator for the Missouri State University English Language Institute, at 417-836-6540.

For media inquiries about the group’s visit to Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile.)