“We’re sending them out in pairs to ride the tractor,” OMS guidance counselor Amanda Hoffman said. “They will get to drive the tractor too.”
During the tractor rides, Snow and Pei got reflect on their visit to Oskaloosa so far.
“The people are really warm-hearted,” Snow said.
The weather is “colder than our hometown, but we can handle it,” she said.
Snow said this is her first visit to the United States; she also has been to Canada.
“It’s also a cold place,” she added.
Snow said that Oskaloosa’s schools are different than Chinese schools but she is impressed with what she has seen during her visit.
“Kids can be well educated here,” she said. “The teachers are professional and very helpful.”
Pei has visited the United States five times — this is her fourth trip to Iowa.
Pei was impressed with various aspects of Oskaloosa’s schools.
“The computer technology is very good,” she said.
Pei also was impressed with the personal attention students can get from teachers.
“They have special teachers to help students one on one,” she said. “We don’t have that in China.”
Pei said her students were very excited to get to ride in a tractor.
“The kids live in a city and don’t have the time or opportunity to see the really big farm machinery,” she said. Also, girls in China do not have the opportunity to drive a tractor, she added.
The students also had a busy day Wednesday with more classroom shadowing in the morning. In the afternoon, they toured the Mahaska County Courthouse and Oskaloosa City Hall. They also visited the Oskaloosa Police Department and Fire Department before touring Musco Lighting.
Wednesday evening, the students were the guests of a meet-and-greet event at Smokey Row.