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Alpharetta Rotary Clubs Host Students From Across the World

The Georgia Rotary Student Program is a unique arrangement that brings foreign students to Georgia colleges and universities.

Forty-one students from all over the world gathered in the metro Atlanta area Nov. 4-6 as the Georgia Rotary Student Program brought together most of this year's participants with club members.

The Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) is unique–no other state has a program that duplicates it. GRSP sponsors students from all over the world and provides scholarships for foreign students to attend colleges and universities in Georgia. This program introduces foreign students to the American life style and has built friendships and a better understanding of the different cultures.

Forty one of this year's 56 GRSP students got together with host families from Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Windward Rotary Clubs on Friday evening. The group had dinner Friday, Nov. 4 in the Sandy Springs Charter Elementary School cafeteria.

After dinner and pairing up with the host families, it was on to the home of Sandy Springs Rotarian, Fran Farias and husband Phil, for a large bonfire. Hot chocolate, s'mores and fellowship followed. Next it was on to the host families' homes for more conversation and hopefully some sleep before the following day's activities. Host families from the Alpharetta Rotary Club were, Mike Lowry, Mary Ulich, Chris Weeber, Steve Beecham and Steve Corder, with Mike Swago as host family from the Windward Rotary Club.

Alpharetta Rotary Club meets Friday mornings for breakfast at . Windward Rotary Club meets on Mondays at noon at the .

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