Ashburn, VA (November 9, 2016) – The world got a little bit smaller on Thursday, October 20th, as Loudoun Valley High School signed a sister school declaration with the Ady Endre Gimnazium in Debrecen, Hungary.
The partnership was formalized during a welcome breakfast hosted by Loudoun Valley for the teacher and principal of Ady Endre Gimnazium, who arrived the previous day with 10 students from the school. Through their partnership, students from Loudoun Valley and Debrecen will be able to visit their sister school. Loudoun Valley Principal Sue Ross signed for her school, while Ady Endre Gimnazium Principal Gabor Rozsavolgyi signed on behalf of his.
Erika Galambos, who participated in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange and spent a year teaching at Loudoun Valley, accompanied the Hungarian delegation to Loudoun Valley for the third time. For her, the exchange is a great opportunity to “build a connection between two international schools and enhance the students’ cultural and academic education.”
Kent Bailey, a social science teacher at Valley High, participated in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange to Ady Endre Gimanzium, which initiated this partnership. He believes the partnership is important to “break down biases and enable the students to see the world.”
While visiting Loudoun Valley, the Hungarian students will attend the Homecoming Dance and visit Washington, D.C. They also will travel to New York before returning to Hungary.
Loudoun Valley students are looking forward to visiting their Hungarian sister school in March 2017.