2002-06-29 / Community

Beach Channel Students Visit Italy

Beach Channel Students Visit Italy

Ten students from Beach Channel High School and two chaperones were invited to an all expense paid trip to Asti, Italy as part of a cultural exchange program. Beach Channel was selected by the Italian-American Foundation to participate in this exchange because of the impact of the tragic events of September 11, and November 12.

When students arrived, they met their host families at a nice reception at Giobert High School. They spent the entire trip with their host family. This allowed them to experience the Italian culture and lifestyles first hand.

The next day the students visited the city of Turin. There they met with the cultural minister of Turin and local authorities. During their stay they met with students from Giobert High School and visited many classrooms. The students were eager to ask questions about New York. They were also interested in discussing the tragic events of September 11 as well as the Rockaway plane crash. Our students met with the Mayor of Asti and participated in "Stra Asti 2002." This is a 5-kilometer run through the city of Asti, which has been preserved since the Renaissance.

The students had the privilege of going on a tour ride to visit the Cantine Gancia di Canelli. The Cantine Gancia di Canelli Winery is very famous throughout Italy. They met with Franco Gancia, who is in charge of wine producing. If nobility still existed today Franco Gancia would be ranked as a Duke. The world famous wine, "Asti Spumante," is produced here.

On the last day, the students said their goodbyes to their host families with whom they bonded greatly with. "The way the families accommodated us was almost as if we were family," stated Amy Grosshandler. Virtually everyone left in tears as the plane departed. As a result of our extraordinary educational experience, we are hopeful that this type of exchange will continue. Our goal is to have students from Asti visit our community next year.

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