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Want to Host a Foreign Exchange Student?
EF High School Exchange
Wednesday, April 8, Carrie Pearson, of Education First High School Exchange, spoke to the MD Junior High students about the foreign exchange student program.
Last year and this year our school district has been host to two exchange students with Mitch and Linda Enfield serving as our local host family.
Pearson spoke at MD to raise awareness to the program and to provide information in case other local families are interested in being hosts in the future to foreign exchange students.
The countries with students participating in the EF Exchange programs are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. In the past 2 school years MD has had students from Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
The students in the program are boys and girls ages 15-18 and they are required to speak a certain level of English. They are tested and ranked from 1-10 on a scare for speaking English, 10 being the best.
Those students fill out lengthy, in-depth applications, have pictures taken, they write a letter, report cards are submitted and health information is given. They are also interviewed by an EF rep in their country. They list their interests, sports, hobbies, goals in life, family information and anything else an American host family may want to know about them.
Host families are also subjected to an interview process and background check. They must also provide pictures of their home, fill out an application and have references.
Host families provide a home away from home - they do not pay for the students’ experience in the US. The exchange students are responsible for their money while they are here.
For more information on how to become a host family visit www.efechangeyear.org or you can contact Pearson directly at 515-423-5438 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion Alert Emergency Notification System - Sign-up Now
I am happy to announce that the Marion Alert Emergency Notification System (part of the Alert Iowa statewide system) is ready for use. Because this is a new service (Marion County has never had a mass notification system, or reverse 911, such as Code Red or Everbridge), I am asking you to share this information widely. Help us get as many Marion County residents signed up as possible! Marion Alert is a great addition to your family/business preparedness toolbox, and will allow public safety officials to communicate local emergency information to you.
Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system. The system can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system. The system is available, free of charge, to all counties. More than 80 percent of Iowa's counties have now signed up to use the Alert Iowa system.
Alert Iowa will allow citizens to sign up for the types of alerts they would like to receive. Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TYY, and social media. Messages may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information.
To register on the Marion Alert Emergency Notification System, please go to http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/marion_ia/wens.cfm
For more information regarding the Alert Iowa program, including a video that explains the system, go to http://homelandsecurity.iowa.gov/about_HSEMD/alert_iowa.html
Thank you for your assistance in sharing this information. Again, please share this information widely and encourage your friends and family to register for Marion Alert.
Director |Marion County Emergency Management Agency |
214 E. Main St. | Knoxville, IA 50138 |
Sign up to receive emergency or weather delay notifications.
This year you can receive notification of weather delays or cancelations right to your cell phone or email. We will also be using this service to notify parents if there is an emergency at school that all parents needs to be aware of.
Sign up using the directions below.
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