Sunday, April 7, 2002
Follow with school exchanges
By Steve Kemme, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cincinnati Enquirer
PLEASANT RIDGE Participants want Cincinnati and suburban schools to start exchange programs. They're urging neighbors to meet each other for dinner and to visit libraries and festivals in other communities.
''We're trying to break down barriers any way we can,'' says Scott Hatch, who co-hosted a Neighbor to Neighbor meeting in Pleasant Ridge.
''The first time we met, I think everyone was nervous. But now people are really feeling more comfortable with each other.''
''We are making friendships,'' co-host Ruth Snouffer says.
Since its first conversation in November, the group has met every month at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church.
Participants invited students from Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and the Indian Hill School District to one meeting. The idea for a student exchange grew out of this.
At another meeting, a woman who teaches diversity classes at a real estate company held a training session. The group hopes to have a picnic and softball game this summer and has talked about learning about other races by visiting different churches.
''We want to put our words in to action,'' Mr. Hatch says, ''so we can actually accomplish something.''
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