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City of El Monte Hosts Delegation of Chinese Students

By Chelsea Dickerson

The El Monte community hosted a delegation of students from China last week in a partnership to raise awareness of other cultures.

The 48 students, age 7-12, from the Harbin Zhongshanlu Primary School spent two weeks in El Monte learning about American language, customs and history and visiting Southern California museums and attractions.  The students also attended classes at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

“Hosting the delegation was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how these Chinese students live, while sharing what is important in our culture,” said El Monte City Councilman Bart Patel, who was instrumental in arranging accommodations for the students.  “It is remarkable to see what the Chinese youth had in common with the children of El Monte.”

A highlight of the trip was an assembly with El Monte’s Cherrylee School, where students read together, exchanged gifts, and performed dance and musical numbers.  The Chinese students visited classrooms and the library to showcase the Cherrylee school curriculum.

Councilman Patel hopes more delegations will chose to visit El Monte to learn more about our diverse culture.

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