To Our Kichijo Family: You are part of all our yesterdays!
You are forever in our spirit.
We began our Farewell Party with a well-prepared schedule of fun, and the afternoon passed far too quickly. Porter’s students were not to be intimidated by a quiz, even at a party, and the contest went to a tie-breaker in the final round. The room turned boisterous with animated card games, hundreds of charming photo-ops, tabletops scattered with delicious snacks and treats, and many, many rounds of hugs and tears.
As we drew to the close of our lovely and memorable gathering, each school sang a song important to its community and tradition. The meeting room filled with joyous teenagers fell silent save the dulcet tones of Porter’s and Kichijo students in song. It was a special, even profound, moment in time.
Finally, we took a group photo of the host-sisters, buddies, faculty and staff of both programs:
We are surely building our tomorrows from the lasting spirit of this exceptional opportunity and adventure. Thank you to our host- families and host-sisters and buddies; thank you to everyone at Kichijo School who worked tirelessly to make our International InterMission visit such a stunning success, and thank you to Miss Porter’s School for insisting that global citizens need to be… well, in immersion experiences around the globe. Tomorrow is our final “sayonara.” Bring tissues.