HUDSON -- In 1983 the city of Hudson adopted the German town of Landsberg am Lech as a sister city.

The adoption made way for student exchanges which saw about 15 Hudson students, over a period of time, take advantage of the new relationship. The students spent an entire academic year in Germany, according to former Hudson teacher Roland Winzer. The students basically needed a signature from their superintendent, he said.

However as more terrorist attacks spread the United States tightened the rules and students had to apply through governmentally sanctioned international educational organizations. Through the organizations the cost was set at about $16,000 for a full academic year abroad.

However Winzer recently found another organization, Sister Cities International, which is accredited by the United States.

Winzer brought his findings to the Board of Education last month and asked for the Board to consider a special resolution to allow students from Germany to attend Hudson schools. Through the new organization it would only cost students airfare to spend an academic year in the German sister city.

"If this resolution passes, you would be giving someone who spoke German and could do the work, a $14,000 scholarship," Winzer told the Board.

Former Hudson mayor William Currin also asked the Board to consider the resolution. Currin and his wife have been active in the sister city program for years and have made several trips to the sister city.

Superintendent Phil Herman said that it was important for students to see other cultures and that he would write a resolution and present it before the Board at an upcoming meeting.


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