And now we are getting ready to welcome the class of 2017-18! Students will begin arriving in August. As clubs and host families prepare for students to arrive:
- Take a look at your student’s “suitcase” to be sure that they have the things that they need to make their stay in a dorm a pleasant one. It is very easy to just recycle everything that your student from last year had, but it is a gift to your new student to take a look at what you have and throw out a few things that may have become worn out over the years. Some students take excellent care of the items in their suitcase, but others...................well....... not so much.
- Make sure you are ready to greet your students at the airport - communicate with your student now if you haven't already so you know exactly when they are arriving. Try to get a group to be there and think about making signs to add to the welcome.
- Be sure your student knows when your club meets - encourage them to attend meetings and invite them to participate in your social activities and service projects. Students should be speaking at your clubs early in the Rotary year - to tell you more about themselves and their countries.
- Encourage club members to invite your student to their homes or special activities throughout the year - your student, your members and your families will benefit from getting to know each other. And start to think about plans for the holidays - how can you best share those special times with your GRSP student.