Laguna Beach High School students will soon embark on an educational journey that veers outside of the classroom, when the school welcomes four students from Winona Secondary School in Mississippi as part of a new "cultural exchange" experiment.
"It's a new way for students and schools to learn from each other," Principal Don Austin said. "We need to start sharing and working together. It's time to stop learning from programs and learn from other people."
Through the exchange, two male and female upperclassmen from Mississippi, accompanied by their principal, will spend a week in Laguna beginning Sept. 26, where they will get to stay with a host family, play the role of a LBHS student and visit local colleges and major businesses. They will also have a chance to enjoy local pastimes like going to an Angels game, visiting the aquarium or surfing.
In a few months, thanks to a sponsorship from Hurley, Austin will then travel with Laguna Beach High students Marely Donenfield, Lauren Slater, Jack Clark and Tyler Pierce to Mississippi, where they will stay with host families, attend Winona Secondary School and experience the local culture there.