Our band, ASB officers, our translator all welcome Mr. Sun in a short but uplifting ceremony and presentation of a gift exchange. Our students learned to say hello in mandarin Chinese. In preparation for the visit I would share tidbits about the Chinese culture each week as well as words to practice or number words in Chinese. Students read articles at breakfast about athletes in China, panda bears, current news articles, and history articles about China. Our effort was school wide versus sharing in only one class or subject area to prepare for the sustainability of the development of the partnership.