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Josai high school faculty pay Spring Break visit to strengthen ties with SHHS


April 4, 2017

DAVE FURTWANGLER, right, of Cascade Timber Consulting, presents Josai High School Principal Terutaka Kato, left, and teacher Takashi Takahashi with Christmas ornaments made of wood from the Hallmark Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which CTC provides annually for display in the Crown Center mall in Kansas City, Mo.

Two representatives of Josai High School in Japan paid a spur-of-the-moment visit to Sweet Home last week in an effort to boost the 35-year exchange relationship between Josai and Sweet Home High School.

Josai Principal Terutaka Kato and English teacher Takashi Takahashi, popularly known as “Taka Taka,” met with current and former leaders of the Sweet Home program, which began in 1982.

Takahashi, who speaks fluent English, said their mission was to “reinvigorate and restore” the relationship between the schools.

Josai is a private, college-prep co-ed high school that is part of...

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