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Japanese School a success; Indian School next?

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Editorial: Nov. 2, 2012

TOPIC: Japanese School at ECTC
OUR VIEW: Happy Birthday!

The Japanese School at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College celebrated its 25th birthday last month by hosting a Cool Japan Festival.

The open house served as a bridge between American culture with Japanese customs.

Dozens of students have gone through the program since it opened in October 1987, many after locating here as part of Ambrake’s (now Akebono) arrival in Elizabethtown. Also, students have attended the school after locating here with their parents from other companies.

The Japanese School has been a valuable outlet in easing the transition for children from another culture into ours.

Last month’s celebration featured segments from Japanese culture like fashion, music and food. Attendees flocked to the celebration to embrace the 25 years of existence. Visitors came from Hardin County, and Lexington, for instance.

While the school is important to help newcomers to our area, it is equally beneficial for long-time residents as they understand another culture that has made a huge impact in Hardin County.

Currently, the school has 43 students in grades fifth through 12th. The success is obvious with its long history.

And with the city of Elizabethtown embracing a company such as Flex Films from India and Mayor Tim Walker visiting there on an industry recruiting trip, the day may come, and very soon, where the Japanese School at ECTC has company with a culture like India’s.

The discussion should start now if city and school officials believe there is a future need for a school to serve the Indian culture.

Imagine the recruiting tool that may be when trying to lure companies here: We have a school to help your children acclimate themselves to our culture.

While we applaud the success of the Japanese School and the future of it, perhaps it’s time for serious consideration into other cultures that are ready to invest in the Hardin County community.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.