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Okinawan High School Students Write Letters to US Leaders

Date Posted: 2000-03-10

First Year students of the International English course at Kyuyo Senior High School, a public school of Okinawa Prefecture, have written letters to American leaders to demonstrate their effective English communication skills. According to a news release by Mr. Hiroshi Uezo, Principal of the school, the students wrote letters to President Clinton, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, the White House Chief of Staff Podesta, US Secretary of State Albright, Secretary of Defense Cohen, senators and governors.

The letters came about following an assignment given to them last December by Foreign English Teacher Jerry F. Burks. Addresses were prepared and the students chose their correspondent by lottery. All of the 160 students of that 1st year International English course took part in the competition. According to school authorities, 45% of the students had already received answers to their letters by last week. The most notable letters received to date are from Vice President Gore; John Podesta, the White House Chief of Staff; Texas Governor and presidential candidate George W. Bush; Senators Edward Kennedy, Jesse Helms and Robert Kerrey.

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