June 19, 2007

Six students from Granbury Middle School will be traveling to South Korea as part of a continuing student exchange program between Granbury and Sinangun, South Korea. The students who will be making the trip from July 17-31, 2007, are Brandt Colborg, Morgan Kirkpatrick, Zach Price, Luke Urbanovsky, Elizabeth Willsher, and Crystal Wong. These students were among a group of mentors hosting eight South Korean students in January. They were selected based on their academic record, character and moral standing, and willingness to serve.

Sponsors who will be accompanying the students are Becky Strain, who currently serves as the Instructional Specialist at GMS; Molly Willsher, a member of the Lake Granbury Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors; and Kooi Kim, a Granbury businessman who is a member of the Tarrant County Korean Chamber of Commerce and led efforts to establish the exchange program.

While the South Korean government will cover food and lodging while the Granbury group is in that country, the students and sponsors are raising funds to pay for the airfare, which will cost $1500 per person. Leadership Granbury, a group organized within the Chamber of Commerce, is accepting tax-deductible donations to cover the travel expenses. The students and sponsors will also hold a car wash at Wendy’s on Saturday, June 30, 2007, from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.

To make a donation, individuals may send a check made payable to Leadership Granbury to Ric Brown at All Around Security, 503 W. Pearl, Granbury, Texas 76048. Donors should note "South Korean Exchange Program" on the memo line of the check. They may also designate a contribution in the name of a specific student or sponsor by also noting the name on the memo line. The cancelled check will serve as the receipt for the donation.

The exchange program began through Kim’s leadership in 2005, when an initial group of five Korean students came to Granbury that year. In 2006, six traveled to Granbury and began staying with host families. The relationship between the two cities evolved further when Sinangun, which is located on an island province off the southwest coast of the country, and Granbury became sister cities in January 2006. A local group, including former GMS Principal Jimmy Dawson, traveled to South Korea last summer.