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Mayor Apatang lauds visiting students for joining cleanup drive

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SAIPAN Mayor David M. Apatang commended visiting Korean students for helping preserve the island environment when they joined a recent cleanup drive.

He encouraged students to continue nurturing their passion for the environment.

The mayor said he also hopes that the students’ example will motivate local community members to keep their island clean.

On Tuesday, he met the 32 students from different elementary and high schools in South Korea who are on island to attend a short-term English class.

The mayor presented each of them a certificate of appreciation for cleaning up Sugar Dock Beach on Jan. 18.

Visiting Korean students pose for a photo outside the Saipan mayor’s office.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Bochyul Kim, coordinator of USA Sasamo MBC, which facilitated the Korean students’ visit to the island, said they arrived on Jan. 4 and will return to Korea on Jan. 31.

While here, they are attending an English class at Northern Marianas International School.

“They enjoy visiting tourist and historical sites on Saipan,” Kim said, adding that the students are also eager to learn more about Chamorro and Carolinian cultures.

The students are accompanied by their teachers You Jihyun, Koo Min Ji, and Kim Haeun.

Bochyul Kim said another group of Korean students will visit Saipan in July to attend an English camp.

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