A Little History on the Exchange
Back in 2002 Mr. Jim Dunbar visited Washington D.C as part of the Global Partnership Conference. One of the side trips for the visiting memebrs was to Forest Park High School located 25 miles southwest of Washington. The visit was to see how Forest Park involved businesses to help the educational process. While at Forest Park Mr. Dunbar met Tom Gill the principal, Brian Hackett a social studies teacher and coordinator of the Learn and Serve program and Chuck Drake the iT coordinator. From that meeting the exchange idea began.
Mr. Dunbar invited Forest Park staff to Monifieth High School and in March of 2003 Chuck Drake and Brian Hackett visited the school. A formal exchange was developed with Mr. Coton the headmaster at Monifieth.
The rest is history!
In Sept. of 2004 students from Monifieth visited Forest Park high School and stayed with FP students. Students visited classrooms, traveled to Washington DC, attended a american football game and traveled to the Eastern Shore for a beach day and an evening of singing around a fire pit on the beach.The same US host students visited Monifieth in June of 2004. A new team of Scottish students visited Forest Park again in the fall of 2005 and the US students returned in June continue the tradition.
The Exchange Continues:
Forest Park continues its student exchange program with Montrose Academy which is a secondary school in Angus, Scotland established in 1815. It has a school roll is about 1000 pupils ranging from S1 to S6, with a staff roll of 100. Classes are separated into 3 houses called Dun, Lunan and Esk with pupils from S1 and S6. The school's Rector is George Stachura. The Deputy Rector's are A. Shanks (Temporary Cover for B. Pandrich), Gordon Stewart, Anne Smith and Jim Dunbar.