Hekinan students start a week of Sister City fun with visit to mayor’s office, fire station

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    A delegation of students from Edmonds’ Sister City Hekinan, Japan has arrived in town, and the group had a chance Monday morning to tour the office of Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and visit Edmonds Fire Station 17.

    This year’s Hekinan delegation arrived just days after their student counterparts from Edmonds returned from their trip to Japan. The Japanese students are staying with the students whom they hosted, and are getting the grand tour of Edmonds and Washington state for the next week.

    After their mayor’s office visit, the 10 students — sporting red firefighters’ hats and carrying their cameras — posed for a group photo. Nearly all of the girls had a chance to wear the heavy jacket and pants of an EMT or firefighter, and tried their hand at holding a 60-pound Jaws of Life machine.

    This year’s delegation from Hekinan arrived just days after their counterparts from Edmonds returned from their trip to Japan. These students —  nine in junior high and one in high school — are staying with the students whom they hosted in Hekinan, and are getting the grand tour of Edmonds and Washington state for the next week.

    They are about five students less than usual, but all were bubbling with questions for the staff at the fire station and enthusiastic about (literally) stepping into their shoes.

    The students were scheduled to visit Edmonds Community College Monday afternoon, then will tour the Washington State Capitol in Olympia Tuesday. Other events this week include a trip to the Seattle waterfront and Snoqualmie Falls, the Woodland Park Zoo and Greenlake.

    The students are extremely friendly, so if you see them around, say hello.

    You can learn more about the exchange program on the Edmonds Sister City Commission web page here.

    — Story and photos by Mardy Harding

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