Excited to be reunited are, from left, German students Amy Müller, Mira Bartelmeß and Ramona Kaisinger.
Excited to be reunited are, from left, German students Amy Müller, Mira Bartelmeß and Ramona Kaisinger.

Seventeen eighth-grade students from Marburg, Germany, had the opportunity to be decked out in Packers and Badgers gear last week Thursday in Rosendale.

The students, along with two teachers, participated in an exchange in the Rosendale-Brandon School District from Feb. 2 to last Saturday.

That culminated in an evening of celebration, with games, a Wisconsin-themed photo booth and a classic American potluck.

They also wrote down on posters some of the places they visited (like the Dells), things they’ll miss (like their new friends) and favorite foods they tasted during their stay. Laconia High School Spanish teacher Anita Holdridge, who is coordinating the exchange program, said the students simply could make tally marks next to “cheese curds” under the favorite foods question.

Smiles were on many faces as the Germans enjoyed the Wisconsin hospitality.

Soon, the students from central Germany will be able to return the favor.

From April 13 through 29, 17 Rosendale-Brandon eighth graders will travel to Marburg and reunite with their counterparts more than 4,000 miles — or 6,000 kilometers — across the Atlantic.

Read more about the exchange program in the Feb. 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.