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   Daily News (Newspaper) - March 27, 1991, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania                                Page 10 THE DAILY NEWS Huntingdon Sax ton Mount Union Orbisonia Pa Wednesday March 27 1991 Remembering the Sixties and birth of AFS in our county I By JO McMEEN Oh those memorable In a multitude of ways history nuking decade seems to loom large in the politically in theatre music and photography worlds One example on the local scene Rotarian Dave Steidle asked me about the history of American Field Service activities in Raystown Country during that era I offered to dig out my scrap book of Daily News clippings from the Sixties AFSs beginning years here It took me a while to find it and of course when I did I scanned with deep interest The Daily News stories of the AFS clubs in county schools mainly Mount Union and Huntingdon Then amazingly shortly thereafter I had a letter from a Mount Union woman whose name is at the top of my AFS related list buted articles with their pictures for that issue I assured her they are always a highlight of the issue for me By the way thanks to those readers who brought in their copies of the Dec 24th issue after reading in ATI how all our extras got shredded by mistake Huntingdon County families have opened their homes and hearts to these HERE IS TAEKO HORIE WUS family residing in Washington DC An AFSer from the Sixties Taeko with the sparkling smile is seen at the top right with her husband KS a banker beside herTheir three children are left to right Eddie Chris and Ten Ten Here It Is Dear Jo You might be interested to know that the AFS Exchange Student from Japan Taeko Hone Wu who made her home with our family during the 19601961 school year now resides with her hus band and three children in Washington DC Her oldest son Eddie has graduated form Occidental College Christopher her second sen is a junior at a college in East Chicago and her daughter Ten Ten is a freshman at Duke Taeko teaches Japanese at St Albans Washington DC Of course we keep in touch as I am her American mother and my daughter Susi KinsloeByers is her American sister News From Susi Too Another interesting note is that Susis stepson Douglas Byers is mar ried to a fullblooded Apache Indian Doug met Jennifer Chalepah in Korea while both were serving as crew chiefs for US helicopter both had MediVac Jennifer returned to New Mexico in 1990 Doug followed in August of 1990 three or four days after Doug arrived in the Stales Jennifer has a 10yearold daughter Christine which makes me a StepStepGrealGrandmother As with many families these young people have been touched by the Gulf War In February Jennifer was recalled into service and is now in Germany waiting deployment Doug is still wait ing to be called Enter grandmothers Give Me a Call9 Jennifers mother is helping Doug take care of Christine now And if he should be called she will take her to the Mescalero Reservation where she resides During summer vacation Christine will be visiting Susi and hus band in Connecticut and probably will visit me in Mount Union Perhaps when this crisis is over Jen nifer and Doug can return to their stu dies They were both attending college at Emory Riddle Education is impor tant to them Jennifers also had some college I thought you might be interested in an update of the things that are hap pening in the lives of these young people Sincerely Evelyn Kinsloe Postscript Jo Jennifer has been told that she will be home soon News does get old in a hurry A Joyful Surprise I was delighted to hear from Evelyn about Taeko a favorite of mine and many others down through the AFS yearsand these young people have continued to bring joy right up to 1991 An outoftown reader of the Christmas Eve Souvenir Edition wrote to me to express surprise and pleasure that so many international students had contri international students who now come Country on a variety of programs I read in the scrapbook with keen interest Evelyns thoughtprovoking answers to questions I had put to her back in the late Sixties As you look back what inspired you to open your home to a teenager from another coun try for an entire school year What were trie headaches What were the joys Have Answers I explained We were sure that Mrs JohnKinsloe and Mrs Thomas Wear Kate and Tom were earlyon AFS hosts would have answers to these questions As many of our readers know the Kinsloe family adopted Taeko Horie from Japan a couple years ago The Wear family circle last year included Jesperina Taal of Holland We never wavered for a minute in our belief that the answers to our ques tioris be anything7sbui inspirational We are hoping that their reactions may encourage other mothers in Mount Union and Huntingdon to suggest I think our family should offer to adopt an American Field Service exchange student Evelyn Kinsloe told us right off in her letter that our first question was a difficult one to answer Ive been try ing to formulate an answer ever since I made a snap decision back in late 1959 Believed in Program In a broad sense it must have been because Jack Evelyns late husband arid Susi and I all believed in the AFS program and in its ability to promote international understanding because teenagers are potential leaders because foreign countries have been fed mis conceptions about our way of life The only way to correct the misconceptions is to allow one of them to live it with us And also well admit to a bit of cur iosity about their way of life I feel strongly that the program on the high school the child ren actually live with an American fam ily a truer picture of us than does the college level program In a col lege situation the foreign student is entertained in American homes but daily life is lived and undoub tedly the students are very lonely at times Wonderful Experience We had a wonderful experience with Taeko and it was worth any incon venience we may have suffered Of course in Taeko we had someone spe cial dont you agree We know from her letters that it was a red letter year for her She lost a year of school and will enter the university at 20 but she feels that it was worth the lost year many times over Taeko feels that our universities are superior to theirs in that we offer more specialized work She would like to return to the United Slates to take a course in journalism and then go back to Japan Racial Problem One thing she was able to take back to Japan was an understanding partial of the racial problem She saw that we were unlike ihe Little Rock people On the bus trip following her year in Mount Union she requested that she might be placed in the home of a colored family during the Baltimore stop so that she could ask questions and get answers In all honesty having Taeko in our home was a great experience It taught us lessons on unselfishness humility understanding and it gave us a look at ourselves from anothers viewpoint We carefully reexamined some of our views and beliefs in order to explain them honestly to her Everything that delighted Taeko was a double pleasure for us and we took many a second look at simple plea sures She will never forget her Arneri we forget her We learned fully as much as she did In a nutshell Taeko Horie is truly a daught er to us Back in Sixties My article written back in the Sixties continues Now before you go dashing to the telphone mothers to offer your home and family love and concern as a result of Evelyn Kinsloes thought provoking letter pause long enough to hear from our other Mount Union mother Catherine Wear I am happy for the opportunity to say a few words which may give some encouragement to a family who wishes to make application for an exchange student The wonderful experience of having an exchange student in your home is so thrilling that any sacrifices and misunderstandings which may LEIDYS FLOWER SHOP GREENHOUSES Easter our original colorful RAINBOW MUMS FRESH FLOWER EASTER MUG 298 CARNATIONS 1 doz AN EASTER SURPRISE LONG STEMMED RED ROSES Everyday low doz Azaleas Fragrant Hyacinths Tulips Ullea Mums And many others 4 convenient locations Big Red Bam Smithfield McKee Pleasant Valley Shopping Center Altoona Serving you with local deliveries Teleflora Wire Service For orders and delivery CALL 6433355 AH major credit cards accepted arise occasionally are so minute that they are hardly worth mentioning After all living is simply give and take even with your own family so an extra one makes very little difference provided you have entered in this program with a wholly unselfish attitude JPerhaps some families are concerned about the financial burden I am sure that if one kept an account of all the little extras that go into your budget because of the student in the home the amount would be surprising Not Obligated But never once did we feel any financial burden even though we bought Jesje everything we felt she should have to attend the social events and appear as nicely dressed as your own girls The family certainly isnt obligated to make suchpurchases but it is just something you naturally do as you would for your own The extras that you give these boys and girls are so greatly appreciated that just the thrill of seeing them happy pays the bill I might mention too that in Mount Union several of the stores gave both the girls Taeko and Jesje articles of clothing from time to time This was especially true of the Gay Shop The Mount Union Dry Cleaner did all the cleaning for both girls free of charge So truly the amount of money spent on the student is entirely up to the family Our Student Council paid for their school lunches I feel the one big concern is their safety I know we worried at first about physical harm but really these boys and girls adjust so quickly to your home school and community that you just dont worry any more about their safety than you do about your own children Close Contact The American Field Service head quarters keeps such close contact with you at all times that you need never feel that you arecarrying the entire respon sibility without any help For example when I reported to AFS in New York that Jesje required medical carefor an abcess on her leg a staff member kept in touch by telephone until he was sure she was completely recovered All the expense was assumed by the AFS STEPSTEPGRE AT GRANDMOTHER Evelyn Kinsloe is happy to identify the young people who gave her this unique title At the top of the threesome is Douglas Byers daughter Susis stepson and seated are Dougs wife Jennifer Chalepah Byers and their child Christina Chalepah Youll meet them in todays ATI If Jesje wasa little negligent in writ ing the required letters to AFS a staff member would write to ask if every thing was all right if she was happy and if not to let them know immediately This was comforting to Jesje and all of us for we knew if something didnt work out AFS would step in immcdiat ley to straighten things out Now as far as the home or house itself is concerned we found out that all the material wealth which we take for granted and accept so lightly is luxury beyond the dreams of the major ity of the students coming from abroad Our most modest homes here appear almost as palaces to them So believe me it isnt the spacious rooms you have in your home that will make the students happy It is the room you make for them in your heart that they will never forget I am sure that whatever a boy or girl having spent a year in America as an exchange student may find in life in their hearts there will be a feeling for their home in America which will govern their thinking Most Important Role The boy or girl in the American home plays the most important role in the li fe of these students He or she must make an adjustment in daily living in order to guide these students It may mean giving up many things and play ing a minor role many limes But as I have said before if the family enters the program unselfishly it will be one of the most wonderful years of their lives My article back then concluded I was still using the editorial We are most grateful to Evelyn Kinsloe and Catherine Wear for their straight from the heart letters The Captain Jack and Huntingdon Area High School Ameri can Field Service chapters should have enough home offers to compile waiting lists after the mothers and families of the area have read their stirring epistles Remember what I wrote at the begin ning of this ATJ There are many aspects of the Sixties that are pertinent to the Nineties Today Evelyns and Kate Wears wonderful letters have a appeal for all our inter national programs in area high schools Located On Fairgrounds Road Huntingdon PHONE 6434551 MRS Mon thru Frl Sat 8 am to pm POSERS YOUTH CENTER IS HOPPING FULL OF IDEAS FOR EASTER OUTFITS AND EASTERl WE HAVE FOR GIRLS V w DRESSES I XL T 4 to 7 to 3 mo to 24 mo 2T to 4T 6X 14 V JEANS from SWEATERS 3 mo to 24 mo 2T to 4T 4 to 6X 7 to 14 SPRING SPORTSWEAR GROUPS from HealthTcx Buster Brown English Toflco and many more JACKETS JOGGING SETS 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