On Friday, September 18, 2009, the students, staff and PTA at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School will open its doors and welcome the delegates from Kazakhstan that are currently visiting the city of Tyler. The group will arrive at 11:30 a.m. to tour the school and have lunch in the cafeteria. The visit will last one hour.
The delegation will meet regional leaders in many fields, including education; make contacts that can be continued into the future; experience life in Texas homes; and enjoy the cultural and social benefits of this area.
The trip is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center, a program of the United States Congress designed to enable emerging leaders in Russia and former Soviet Socialist Republics to gain first-hand exposure to the American system of democracy through visits to local communities.
"The League of Women Voters - nationally and locally - is committed to engaging and educating citizens, strengthening the role of civic organizations, and increasing the involvement of people in their own systems of government, at home and abroad," says Kristi Roberts, president of the League of Women Voters (LMV) -Tyler/Smith County. "We expect this cross-cultural exchange to be an enlightening experience for our visitors, for our organizations, and for our whole community."
"Leaders from every aspect of civic life in Tyler/Smith County are enthusiastically working to help us develop strong educational programs and to ensure that the guests have a good helping of East Texas hospitality," says Dee Brock, chair of the project.