In September and October, three video conferences were held at the Blackford campus for grade 6 students to meet their Tamagawa buddies before their visit to Harker in late October. Each of the students chatted with their buddies about what they would like to do during their stay in the U.S. and about what the Harker students would like to do when they visit Japan in May. Parent Etsuko Tischler (Jonathan, grade 6) was on hand to translate. The students’ and buddies’ families were also present to participate. “The parents really appreciated this as they got to meet the families who would be taking care of their children,” said Jennifer Abraham, director of global education.