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Beam gets ready to cheer at a Pine Island High School home game

Getting in the Spirit of Things

Every exchange student comes to the U.S. in hopes of participating in something truly American. Beam gets that chance since she is a football cheerleader for the Pine Island Panthers! It doesn't get much more American than that! Beam arrived on August 7 and is adjusting well! She was very shy at first, but we are all getting very comfortable with each other now. School began this last Tuesday, and Beam, who is our second exchange student, is loving it!

We host because we want to learn about other cultures and teach our children about the world right from our own home. It is such an amazing opportunity.

—Megan Nelson (MN), host mom of Beam (Thailand)