February 7, 2014
The following news release is shared on behalf of AFS recognizing East High for its efforts in exchange programs for students. East is the only school in Alaska to receive the award this year.
For Immediate Release
East High School is honored with the "2014 Top AFS School" Award
Anchorage, AK, January 30, 2014 — East High School has been selected to receive the "2014 Top AFS School" Award from AFS-USA, an educational leader in international high school student exchange. Schools recognized for this award have partnered with the organization to promote global citizenship through intercultural learning — both inside and outside of the classroom. These schools are committed to preparing our youth to engage in an increasingly interconnected global economy. From hosting international students, sending students abroad to working with the organization to incorporate intercultural learning in the curriculum, these educators demonstrate the importance of fostering global competency in their students. You can view the entire list of Top Schools at www.afsusa.org/educators.
The 79 high schools selected from around the country for this public recognition are making a profound difference in the lives of students and in society at large. The ability to speak another language, to navigate in a different cultural context, and to emerge as a more tolerant and globally informed citizen are critical skills for today's youth.
Over the years, East High School has hosted 32 students from 19 countries, and sent 9 students abroad to 6 countries. "We're so thankful and proud to work in educational partnership with schools like East," said Tonya Muro, the Director of School Outreach and Educational Partnerships at AFS-USA. "These educators are at the forefront of bringing global awareness and intercultural experiences to their students. In doing so, they are providing students, teachers and the greater community profound opportunities to broaden their knowledge of other cultures and peoples, which is indispensable in this day and age."
Please join us in congratulating East High School for all they have done in the realm of international education and global learning.
AFS (formerly the American Field Service), a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 65 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,000 US students abroad, provides$3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,300 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.