CHARLES CITY — A Charles City High School teacher sent out an emergency plea today seeking the help of students and parents in preserving a student exchange program with Germany.
German language teacher Marilyn Buttjer in an email and an address to classes asked people to sign an online petition to save funding important to Charles City’s German American Partnership Program.
“President Trump has proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Department of State which would directly impact educational and cultural exchanges,” her email said. “Act now and ask your Senator to sign onto Cory Booker’s letter to the Senate State, Foreign Ops Appropriations Subcommittees in support of exchange program funding before March 31.
“Have your parents do this as well, please, on their computer. It is a form that simply is filled out, but will have great impact if many people respond. The CCHS administration is fine with doing this at school. Let our voices be heard! Save GAPP and other worthwhile programs. ”
She provided this link:
The German American Partnership Program is the largest bilateral student exchange program between the U.S. and Germany, according to the program’s website.
“About 9,000 American and German students annually pack their bags every year to visit their GAPP partner schools,” it says.