On Wednesday, September 13th, the eighth and ninth grades of the Genossenschaftlichen Gymnasium and their English teachers took an exciting field trip to Spangdahlem Air Base as part of a student and teacher exchange program. At the Middle School, the pen pals got to know each other and the German students were shown around the school. It was a great experience for everyone in getting an insight into an American school as well as speaking English with native speakers.
This was followed by a guided tour of Maintenance Hangar 2, which included a visit to the F-16 jets and even a look inside the cockpit. The highlight of the day! The crew chiefs took their time to explain the structure and function of this jet and to answer all questions.
Another highlight was lunch at Taco Bell, where students sampled American tacos, burritos, quesadillas and fire sauce.
The Genossenschaftliche Gymnasium Speicher a lot of fun at the Air Base and extends special thanks to Judith “Judy” Mott (school liaison program manager, 52 Fighter Wing), Diane Mottler, MSG Jeffrey House, MsgT Lakeva Parrott, Patricia Bridgewater, the Crew Chiefs of the 480th AMU, the Host Nation Council Spangdahlem (registered association), and the friendly and well-organized team at Taco Bell!
A return visit then took place on September 27th and the American students got to know the Genossenschaftliche Gymnasium Speicher.
Here the students also spent an eventful day with joint games and sports activities.
The hearty lunch was particularly popular, and the teachers were able to listen to their students’ learned and newly acquired language skills over and over again.
Host Nation Council Spangdahlem (registered association) is delighted about the successful intercultural exchange!