Canterbury plays host to Spanish students
Published 6:18 pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
While here, they lived with host families, attended classes and took trips to various locations around New England and New York to deepen their cultural understanding of the United States and to strengthen their English language skills.
Julio Omaña, of Canterbury's language department, organized the exchange and played the role of chauffeur and tour guide.
In past years, the group has gone to New Haven and to Hartford.
To expand the offerings, this year the students also headed north to Stockbridge, Mass., to experience typical New England, with the colorful foliage and the historic town of Stockbridge itself.
The group visited the Norman Rockwell Museum and learned about Rockwell, his life and his art.
Since Rockwell chronicled what was happening in the United States through a large part of the 20th century, the students learned, through visual representations, a bit of American history.
In New Haven, the group went on a tour of Yale University and learned about life at an American university.
After the tour, the group had a burger at historic Louis' Lunch, established in 1895 and claimed to be the birthplace of the hamburger.
The group then met Clare Fitzpatrick, of the Class of 2009, and assistant women's basketball coach at Yale, who took the students on a detailed tour, which included the women's basketball locker room, the pool, the squash facility and the rowing center.
The day capped off with dinner at Pepe's pizza, serving original New Haven-style pizza.
Finally, the four exchange students and two of their hosts made a trip to Hartford to visit the Capitol building and the state Supreme Court and learned about how ideas become laws and how laws are enforced through the judicial process.
The group was treated to a visit by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who answered questions about where he lives, what he does in his free time and what a typical day as governor entails.
This spring, four Canterbury students -- Claire Cardillo, of Sherman, Amelia Haynes, of Ridgefield, and Nick Chamberlin, of Newtown, all of the Class of 2016, and Ken Hansen, of Atlanta, of the Class of 2015 -- will participate in the exchange by visiting San Cayetano.