By Jeannie Lopez

This year at the Annual Sister City Dinner many came out to support the program by buying take out or sitting in to eat their traditional teriyaki meal.

The annual dinner is a night for the community to come out and have a tasty dinner while, knowing that they have helped someone go to Japan.

The Sister City program began in 1975 when a group of parents thought it would be a good experience for students to learn about different cultures. The parents picked Ono, Japan.

Therefore, a committee was created to coordinate a fund-raiser so that students and teachers of Lindsay High School could visit Japan. It would be a considered a cultural exchange program between Ono, Japan and Lindsay, California. Students would be able to visit Japan every even year and teacher's would get their chance every odd years.

This program was also, developed in Japan so that students of Ono could come to the United States and visit the city of Lindsay.

To be able to have the chance to go to Ono, Japan everyone must go through a selection process. Students must have good grades and they have had to participated in community activities. For teachers must be involved in the Sister City Program and have also, been active in the community through volunteer work. This will then give all a opportunity to live in Ono, Japan for about two weeks.

The students or teachers would then stay with a host family and the family would teach the members all about Japan and their culture.

Lily Kaku a committed committee member of 32 years helped build Sister City by being the translator, the treasure liaison and later becoming the ambassador extraordinaire of the Sister City program. Kaku helped this year like every year by participating in coordinating the event. "It's going great" said, Kaku when speaking about the event.

The event started off with a lot of help from LHS students. The students were the ones who helped prep the teriyaki dinner and set up the cafeteria for anyone planning to eat their dinner there. They also, helped pass out refreshments and walked up and down the isles filling up drinks. This year about a group of people were involved in putting the whole Sister City Dinner event together. Lindsay Unified School District board being a part of that group also, participated by serving the food.

"The school board does it every year it's a tradition for us to serve the food"said, Janet Kliegl , superintendent of LUSD.

The cafeteria looked great with added color of painting stood all around the room. The paintings came from students in Ono, Japan who also, are participating in The Sister City program through the art exchange.

The art exchange is when students K-12 from Ono exchange their paintings with students from Lindsay. This gives students a n opportunity to show their talents to one another and show what each other's country means to them. Most of these paintings were based on the children holding hands while hugging the earth or children holding hands c from different cultures and countries. The Lindsay Art Council will be displaying these paintings in late April so, for the public view. In late March students from Lindsay's schools will be sending their paintings to the student's in Ono.

The event had a great turn with many coming together to show their help to the community. "It's a place to share in the environment and meet neighbors" said, Robert Forves, Sister City Coordinator "

All the money raised at this years Sister City Dinner will go towards the plane tickets, busses, food and any other expenses needed during the trip.

The fund-raiser helped so many and everyone who is part of the Sister City Program is grateful for the to people who came out to the Teriyaki dinner and participated in this once a year community event.

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