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By Erin Schwager

Exchange student acclimating to area


October 24, 2019

Erin Schwager

Silvia Bode-Garcia, an exchange student from Venezuela, attends Orchard Public Schools. Sam and Barb Schwager are her host parents.

Getting kids involved with other cultures and people from different countries is one way many schools benefit in the United States.

Orchard Public Schools is blessed with a second foreign exchange student for the 2019-20 school year.

Silvia Bode-Garcia, an 18-year-old from Margarita Island, Venezuela, joins Madleen Repein, from Germany.

Bode-Garcia will reside with Sam and Barb Schwager during the school year and will be a member of the senior class.

Silvia wanted to become an exchange student for a couple reasons.

"It is a unique experience, and you can learn different things and co...

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