Liberty Christian School Welcomes International Students with MIX Luncheon

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Current eighth grade students Bailey Shiflet and Emma Lobbes meet new eighth grade international student Isabel Berczely from Spain at Bahama Bucks before the school year begins

Current eighth grade students Bailey Shiflet and Emma Lobbes meet new eighth grade international student Isabel Berczely from Spain at Bahama Bucks before the school year begins

Students in Liberty Christian’s MIX Club aim to learn about other cultures and share their own by easing the transition for international students and make them feel at home in the United States.

Liberty’s international students receive PALs (Peer Advocates at Liberty) who help them with practicing English, getting settled, acclimating to America, finding classes, and most importantly, building friendships.

On Aug. 20 prior to school start, MIX held a lunch that included 6th to 12th grade Chinese, Koreans, Americans, and of course, pizza!

At this lunch, international students met their PALs face to face. Many had already been in contact with each other through “What’sApp” and “WeChat.” Teachers also came by to introduce themselves, and current students had yearbooks on hand to give the new students a glimpse into life at Liberty.

“At the beginning of the luncheon, the conversation was pretty quiet,” said sponsor and physics teacher Dawn Lobbes. “As the lunch continued, it was wonderful to see groups of current and international students come together and enjoy talking about all kinds of topics.

“Our current students did a fabulous job welcoming our new international students, helping them make connections with others in their own grade and even from their own country.”

This luncheon was the first time many of the international students had ever stepped foot on Liberty’s campus. One of the international students who lives with a teacher’s family enjoys baking, and she even brought cookies to share with everyone.

On Aug. 31, MIX held another lunch at school to continue to assist the new students and make sure they were beginning to feel more comfortable and confident at Liberty.

“Our current students want to reach out and support our new international students, helping them know what to expect and providing much-need support and encouragement,” added Mrs. Lobbes.

One international student commented after the lunch, “I am feeling so different from the first day. Everything is getting better. Thanks for the MIX Club – it gives us safety and courage!”

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