|BCPS students and teachers visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in July 2012. They stand in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.|
Spending almost two months in China gave 27 Baltimore County Public Schools students and three accompanying teachers a wealth of experiences. On September 6, 2012, they gathered at Oregon Ridge Lodge to share their stories. Many of these stories revealed the growth that living in another culture offers, and it was obvious that they all benefited from their time there.
These students and teachers travelled to China from May 20 – July 11, 2012, as part of a cultural exchange program between BCPS and Tie Yi School in Xi'an, China that began in 2007. The 2012 contingent included students from Dulaney, Hereford, Owings Mills, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Towson, Randallstown, and Woodlawn high schools and educators from Perry Hall and Patapsco high schools. From May 22 through July 6, the students and teachers lived with Chinese host families and took classes at Tie Yi School. They ended their journey by spending July 6–11 touring Beijing.
The September 6 reunion was the first time for the group to fully reassemble since returning to Baltimore County. Here are some of the students' responses when asked, "What are some important concepts, factors, and ideas you discovered/learned through this experience?"
To learn more about the students' and teachers' experiences, please visit http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/bcpschina/2/tpod.html, an online travel blog that includes 120 entries and more than 1,000 pictures.